Pseudomys fieldi (Waite, 1896:403)
Field's false-mouse, Shaggy mouse, Shaggy-haired mouse, Alice Springs mouse, Shark Bay mouse, Field's rat (used by Wood Jones, 1925:317), djoongari; koontin, kurn-dyne (Moore River, WA)
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Synonym/s: Mus fieldi Waite, 1896:403 (basionym); Pseudomys praeconis Thomas, 1910:608; Pseudomys praconis Thomas, 1910; Thetomys praeconis Thomas, 1910; Pseudomys rawlinnae Troughton, 1932:289
Originally known from one or more specimens collected in 1895. It was later found to be conspecific with the extant P. praeconis. Being the senior of the two binomials it was therefore taxonomically rediscovered, with P. praeconis and it's subjective synonyms becoming a synonym. However, P. fieldi has itself now been synonymised with the extinct P. gouldii, thus meaning the latter has itself now been rediscovered since it is the older of the two names (Roycroft, 2020).
Last record: June 1895 (Ride, 1970:203; Parker, 1973:24)
Taxonomically rediscovered (in 1998?)
Synonymised with P. gouldii (Roycroft, 2020; Roycroft et al., 2021)
IUCN RedList status: Vulnerable
Originally known from one or more specimens collected in 1895. It was later found to be conspecific with the extant P. praeconis. Being the senior of the two binomials it was therefore rediscovered.
Northern Territory, South Australia & Western Australia, Australia
Type locality: "Alice Springs, N.T." (Mahoney & Richardson, 1988:174)
Type locality (praeconis): "Peron Peninsula, W.A." (Mahoney & Richardson, 1988:179)
Type locality (rawlinnae): Rawlinna, W.A. (Mahoney & Richardson, 1988:175)
Anatomy & Morphology
Body mass: 45gm (Johnson, 2006:169).
Biology & Ecology
(Mahoney & Richardson, 1988:174)
Holotype: AM M.1069 (female; skin (wet) & very incomplete skull) (Mahoney & Richardson, 1988:174; Roycroft et al., 2021)
Holotype (praeconis): BMNH 188.8.131.52 (female; skin (wet) & skull)
Holotype (rawlinnae): AM M4642 (male; skin & skull) (Mahoney & Richardson, 1988:175)
WAM 3771 (Kitchener & Vicker, 1981:116)
WAM 5528 (Kitchener & Vicker, 1981:116)
WAM 5530 (Kitchener & Vicker, 1981:116)
WAM 5543 (Kitchener & Vicker, 1981:116)
WAM 5555 (Kitchener & Vicker, 1981:116)
WAM 13996 (Kitchener & Vicker, 1981:116)
WAM 15305 (Kitchener & Vicker, 1981:116)
WAM 15306 (Kitchener & Vicker, 1981:116)
ABTC8146 (Roycroft et al., 2021)
ABTC08164 (Roycroft et al., 2021)
ABTC8177 (Roycroft et al., 2021)
Original scientific description:
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