Pseudomys novaehollandiae Waterhouse, 1843:146

Pookila (Ngarigu), New Holland mouse, New Holland false-mouse, New Holland field mouse, Waterhouse's mouse (Gray, 1843:112)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Gyomys novaehollandiae Waterhouse, 1843; Gyomys novae-hollandiae Waterhouse, 1843 [used by Brazenor, 1950:63; Wakefield, 1960:235, 236]; Mus Novæ Hollandiæ Waterhouse, 1843:146


Conservation Status

Last record: 1887

Rediscovered in 1967 (c.6 December)

IUCN RedList status: Vulnerable


The species has not been recorded in Tasmanian "since about 2000" (Jones et al., 2023).



New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania & Victoria, Australia

Type locality: "Yarrundi, Upper Hunter River (as Upper Hunter), N.S.W." (Mahoney & Richardson, 1988:178)


Biology & Ecology

"Ecology: temperate, coastal, nocturnal, (gregarious), open forest, open heath, terrestrial, burrowing, folivore, granivore, florivore, frugivore, predator."

(Mahoney & Richardson, 1988:178)



Lectotype: BMNH (skin) / BMNH (skull) (designated by Thomas, 1921; Mahoney & Richardson, 1988:178)


Other specimens:

ABTC08140 (Roycroft et al., 2021, 2022)

ABTC08175 (Roycroft et al., 2021, 2022)

MV C22127 (Roycroft et al., 2021)

QM JM11904 (Roycroft et al., 2021)






Original scientific description:

Waterhouse, G. R. (1843). Descriptions of two new species of the genus Mus. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 1842: 145-146.


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