Notomys mordax Thomas, 1922:317

Darling Downs hopping mouse, payi



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1840's (Burbidge & Woinarski, 2016); 1846 or before (Ride, 1970:202)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct


The Darling Downs hopping mouse is only known from a single skull from Darling Downs, Queensland, believed to have been collected sometime during the 1840's (Watts, 2008). According to (Ride, 1970:202) it was among material which Charles Coxen sent to his brother-in-law John Gould, and which was registered in the British Museum in 1846.



New South Wales (inferred) and Darling Downs, Queensland, Australia


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: BMNH (damaged skull)






Original scientific description:

Thomas, Oldfield. (1922). Two new jerboa-rats (Notomys). Annals and Magazine of Natural History, Series 9, 9: 315-317.


Other references:

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