Pseudomys auritus Thomas, 1910

Long-eared mouse, Long-eared pseudo-rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Original scientific description:

Thomas, Oldfield. (1910). New Australian Muridae of the genus Pseudomys. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 6: 607-610.


Synonym/s: Pseudomys australis auritus Thomas, 1910

Sometimes regarded as a junior synonym of P. australis (e.g. Musser & Carleton, 2005). However, it is likely a valid species according to (Medlin, 2008). So there is at least some taxonomic dispute to be resolved.


Conservation Status

Last Record: c.1850 (Burbidge & Woinarski, 2016)
IUCN status: Extinct



South Australia & Victoria, Australia






Four specimens are held in the Museum Victoria palaeontological collection: P 201634 and 5, 201967 and 203333.






Original scientific description:

Thomas, Oldfield. (1910). New Australian Muridae of the genus Pseudomys. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 6: 607-610.


Other references:

Burbidge, A. A. and Woinarski, J. (2016). Pseudomys auritus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T75927882A75927900. Downloaded on 18 December 2016.

Fisher, Clem T. (1984). Australasian mammal specimens in the collections of Merseyside County Museums. Australian Mammology 7(4): 205-213.

Iredale, Tom and Troughton, Ellis Le Geyt. (1934). A check-list of the mammals recorded from Australia. Mem. Aust. Mus. 6: i-xii, 1-122.

Macken, Amy C. and Reed, Elizabeth H. (2013). Late Quaternary small mammal faunas of the Naracoorte caves world heritage area. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 137(1): 53-67.

Medlin, G. C. (2008). Long-eared Mouse, Pseudomys auritus, pp. 615-616. In: S. Van Dyck and R. Strahan (eds), The mammals of Australia. Third Edition. Reed New Holland, Sydney, Australia.

Moseby, K. (2012). National Recovery Plan for the Plains Mouse Pseudomys australis. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, South Australia.

Moseby, K. E. and Kemper, C. (2008). Pseudomys australis. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. ( Downloaded on 16 January 2011.

Musser, G. G. and Carleton, M. D. (2005). Superfamily Muroidea. In: D. E. Wilson and D. A. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World: a geographic and taxonomic reference, pp. 894-1531. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA.

Piper, K. J. (2007). Early Pleistocene mammals from the Nelson Bay Local Fauna, Portland, Victoria, Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 27: 492-503.

Prideaux, G. J., R. G. Roberts, D. Megirian, K. E. Westaway, J. C. Hellstrom, and J. M. Olley. (2007). Mammalian responses to Pleistocene climate change in southeastern Australia. Geology 35: 33-36.

Watts, C. H. S. and Aslin, H. A. (1981). The Rodents of Australia. Sydney: Angus and Robertson.


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