Mastacomys fuscus mordicus (Thomas, 1922)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Mastacomys mordicus Thomas, 1922 (original combination); Mastacomys wombeyensis Ride, 1956


Conservation Status

Rediscovered. Previously the last record was the Late Pleistocene or Holocene.



South Australia, Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Thomas, Oldfield. (1922). A new species of Mastacomys from a cave in South Australia. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (9) 10 : 550,1.


Other references:

Jackson, Stephen and Groves, Colin. (2015). Taxonomy of Australian Mammals. Clayton South, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing. 529 pp. [p. 195]

Jones, F. Wood. (1925). The mammals of South Australia. Part 3. (Conclusion) Containing the Monodelphia. Adelaide, Govt Printer, pp. 271-458.

Mahoney, J. A. and Ride, W. D. L. (1975). Index to the genera and species of fossil Mammalia described from Australia and New Guinea between 1838 and 1968. Western Australian Museum Special Publication 6: 1-250.

Ride, W. D. L. (1956). A new fossil Mastacomys (Muridae) and a revision of the genus. Journal of Zoology 127(3): 431-439. [Abstract]


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