Pseudomys gouldii Waterhouse, 1839:67

Gould’s mouse, Gould's eastern mouse, Gould's pseudomys, Gould's native mouse, Gould's false-mouse, Gould's rat (used by Krefft, 1871:2; Lucas & Le Souëf, 1909:28), South Australian rat (Gray, 1843:111), kurn-dyne, koontin



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Thetomys gouldii Waterhouse, 1839:67; Mus gouldi Waterhouse, 1839:67; Mus Gouldii Waterhouse, 1839:67; Pseudomys rawlinnae Troughton, 1932


Conservation Status

Last record: 1856-1857 (Menkhorst, 2009); "about 1930" (Calaby & Lee, 1989:55)

Taxonomically rediscovered by (Roycroft, 2020; Roycroft et al., 2021)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct


Last collected in 1856-57 (Baillie, 2008; Menkhorst, 2009). However, Calaby & Lee (1989:55) report a last occurrence date of "about 1930". This species may, however, be synonymous with P. fieldi and thus qualify as rediscovered since P. gouldii takes taxonomic priority, having been described first  (McDowell & Medlin, 2010:89).



New South Wales (western), South Australia & Western Australia (southern), Australia






SAM M4889/002 SF

WA M8111 (Kitchener & Vicker, 1981:111)






Original scientific description:

Waterhouse. (1839). [description of Pseudomys gouldii]. Zool. Voy. H.M.S. "Beagle,", Mammalia (2): 67. [volume 1?]


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