Pseudomys basalticus Fraser & Wells, 2006:152

Basalt plains mouse



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Pseudomys sp. (Basalt Plains Mouse)


P. basalticus is a nomen nudum (Reed & Bourne, 2009:30). Specimens previously referred to Pseudomys sp. (Basalt Plains Mouse)/P. basalticus fall within P. auritus which was only resurrected in around 2008 (Medlin, 2008; Reed & Bourne, 2009:30).


Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym of P. auritus)

Last record: Holocene


The species may have been abundant in the recent past (Wakefield, 1964a,b).



Victoria, Australia


Biology & Ecology

This species inhabited the basalt plains of western and southeastern Victoria, Australia.









Flannery, Timothy F. (1995). Basalt Plains Mouse, Pseudomys sp., pp. 619. In: Strahan, Ronald (ed.). The Complete Book of Australian Mammals, Third Edition. Chatswood: Reed Books.

Fraser, Rebecca A. and Wells, Roderick T. (2006). The palaeontological excavation and taphonomic investigation of a late Pleistocene fossil deposit in Grant Hall, Naracoorte, South Australia. Alcheringa Special Issue 1, 2006: 147-161.

Medlin, G. C. (2008). Long-eared Mouse, Pseudomys auritus, pp. 615-616. In: S. Van Dyck and R. Strahan (eds), The mammals of Australia. Third Edition. Reed New Holland, Sydney, Australia.

Reed, Elizabeth H. and Bourne, Steven J. (2000). Pleistocene fossil vertebrate sites of the south east region of South Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 124(2): 61-90.

Reed, Elizabeth H. and Bourne, Steven J. (2009). Pleistocene Fossil Vertebrate Sites of the South East Region of South Australia II. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 133(1): 30-40.

Wakefield, Norman Arthur. (1964a). Recent mammalian sub-fossils of the basalt plains of Victoria. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria. New series 77(2): 419-425.

Wakefield, Norman Arthur. (1964b). Mammal sub-fossils from basalt caves in south-western Victoria. The Victorian Naturalist 80(9): 274-278.

Wakefield, Norman Arthur. (1971). Mammals of Western Victoria, pp. 35-51. In: Douglas, H. M. and O'Brien, L. (eds.). The Natural History of Western Victoria. Horsham, Victoria: Aust. Inst. Agric. Sci.

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