Notomys robustus Mahoney, Smith & Medlin, 2008

Broad-cheeked hopping mouse, Broad-cheeked hopping-mouse, Great hopping mouse, Great hopping-mouse, ?yurndu (Tunbridge, 1991:81)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Notomys robustus Mahoney, Smith & Medlin, 2007 (incorrect year of publication)


Conservation Status


Last record: Holocene (between 1850-1900?); 1850 (?) (Johnson, 2006:169)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



South Australia (Flinders Ranges & Davenport Range), Australia


Anatomy & Morphology

Body mass: ~50gm (Johnson, 2006:169).


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Mahoney, J. A., Smith, M. J. and Medlin, G. C. (2008). A new species of hopping-mouse, Notomys robustus sp. nov. (Rodentia: Muridae), from cave deposits in the Flinders and Davenport Ranges, South Australia. Australian Mammalogy 29(2): 117-135. [1 April 2008]


Other references:

Abbott, I. 2002. Origin and spread of the cat, Felis catus, on mainland Australia, with a discussion on the magnitude of its early impact on native fauna. Wildlife Research 29: 51-74.

Abbott, I. 2008. The spread of the cat, Felis catus, in Australia: re-examination of the current conceptual model with additional information. Conservation Science Western Australia 7: 1-17.

Burbidge, A. A. and Woinarski, J. (2016). Notomys robustus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T45958541A45973101. Downloaded on 24 July 2016.

Burbidge, A.A. & Woinarski, J. 2016. Notomys robustus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T45958541A45973101. Accessed on 30 June 2022.

Flannery, Timmothy Fridtjof. (1995). Great hopping-mouse, Notomys sp., p. 582. In: Strahan, Ronald (ed.). The Mammals of Australia. Chatswood, N.S.W.: Reed Books. 756 pp.

Jackson, Stephen and Groves, Colin. (2015). Taxonomy of Australian Mammals. Clayton South, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing. 529 pp. [p. 201]

Johnson, Chris N. (2006). Australia's Mammal Extinctions: A 50 000 Year History. Port Melbourne, Victoria: Cambridge University Press. x + 278 pp. [p. 169]

Mahoney, J.A., Smith, M.J. and Medlin, G.C. (2008). Broad-cheeked Hopping-mouse Notomys robustus, pp. 609-611. In: Van Dyck, S. and Strahan, R. (eds.). The Mammals of Australia. Third edition. Sydney: Reed New Holland.

Medlin, Graham C. (1993). Field Guide to Chambers Gorge, Flinders Ranges. Adelaide: South Australian Museum.

Medlin, Graham C. (2008). Broad-cheeked Hopping-mouse, Notomys robustus, pp. 609-610. In: Van Dyck, S. and Strahan, Ronald. (eds.). The Mammals of Australia. Sydney: Reed New Holland.

Medlin, Graham C. (2023). Broad-cheeked Hopping Mouse, Notomys robustus, pp. 440-441. In: Baker, Andrew M. and Gynther, Ian C. (eds.). Strahan’s Mammals of Australia (4th ed.). Wahroonga, NSW: Reed New Holland Publishers. 848 pp.

Robinson, A. C., C. M. Kemper, G. C. Medlin, and C. H. S. Watts. 2000. The rodents of South Australia. Wildlife Research 27: 379-404.

Tunbridge, Dorothy. (1991). The Story of the Flinders Ranges Mammals. Kenthurst: Kangaroo Press. 96 pp. [p. 15, p. 81 (species account)]

Turvey, Samuel T. (2009). Holocene mammal extinctions, pp. 41-61. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.

Turvey, Samuel T. and Fritz, Susanne A. (2011). The ghosts of mammals past: biological and geographical patterns of global mammalian extinction across the Holocene. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366(1577): 2564-2576. [Supplementary Information]

Watts, C. H. S. and Aslin, H. J. (1981). The rodents of Australia. Sydney: Angus and Robertson. 321 pp.

Woinarski, John C. Z., Braby, M. F., Burbidge, A. A., Coates, D., Garnett, S. T., Fensham, R. J., Legge, S. M., McKenzie, N. L., Silcock, J L. and Murphy, B. P. (2019). Reading the black book: The number, timing, distribution and causes of listed extinctions in Australia. Biological Conservation 239: 108261.


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