Leporillus apicalis Gould, 1853:126
Lesser stick-nest rat, White-tipped stick-nest rat, White-tailed stick-nest rat, White-tipped hapalotis, White-tipped house-building rat, White-tailed house-building rat (Calaby, 1969), White-tipped tree-rat (Troughton, 1923:33; Mahoney, 1982:25), White-tipped jerboa-rat (Ogilby, 1892:116), Tillikin (Krefft, 1866:4), Djooyalpi (Crowther, 2013)
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Synonym/s: Hapalotis apicalis Gould, 1853:126; Conilurus apicalis Gould, 1853:126; Conilurus apicalis Gould, 1851(:iii?) (cited by Ogilby, 1892:116)
Last record: 1933 (Robinson et al. 2000); July 1933 (Tindale, 1933); 1970?
IUCN status: Extinct
The last reliable record of this species was in 1933, when two specimens were captured west of Mount Crombie by A. Brumby of Ernabella (Finlayson, 1961; Ride, 1970:203). However, several possible records since then hint at its possible continued survival. For example, Firth (1979) reports [i]Leporillus[/i] sp. stick nests from the Gibson Desert in 1958. Another report from Western Australia in 1970 may possibly be of this species (Robinson, 2008; Robinson & Burbidge, 2008). However, the species' sole surviving congener (L. conditor) is now limited to offshore islands and ex situ mainland populations, and thus any mainland record of Leporillus sp. would have to rule out L. conditor.
New South Wales (prehistoric), Northern Territory, South Australia & Western Australia (incl. prehistoric; Bowdler, 1995), Australia
Biology & Ecology
FMNH 18725 to 18732
MV C90 (Roycroft et al., 2021, 2022)
Original scientific description:
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