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Species Zyzomys palatalis Kitchener, 1989

Carpentarian Rock-rat

  • Zyzomys palatalis Kitchener, D.J. 1989. Taxonomic appraisal of Zyzomys (Rodentia, Muridae) with descriptions of two new species from the Northern Territory, Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 14: 331-373.




Northern Territory

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NT: Gulf Fall and Uplands (GFU)

Ecological Descriptors



General References

Brook, B.W., Griffiths, A.D. & Puckey, H.L. 2002. Modelling strategies for the management of the critically endangered Carpentarian rock-rat (Zyzomys palatalis) of northern Australia. Journal of Environmental Management 65: 355-368

Churchill, S. 1996. Distribution, habitat and status of the Carpentarian rock-rat, Zyzomys palatalis. Wildlife Research 23: 77-91

Fleming, M.R. 1995. Arnhem Land Rock-rat Zyzomys maini. pp. 621-622 in Strahan, R. (ed.). The Mammals of Australia: The National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Sydney : Reed New Holland 756 pp.

Lee, A.K. 1995. The Action Plan for Australian Rodents. Canberra : Australian Nature Conservation Agency 62 pp.

Menkhorst, K.A. & Woinarski, J.C.Z. 1992. Further records of the Carpentarian rock-rat Zyzomys palatilis from the Gulf region of the Northern Territory. Northern Territory Naturalist 13: 40-41

Puckey, H. 2003. Additional records of the Capentarian rock-rat (Zyzomys palatalis) at Redbank, close to the type locality. Northern Territory Naturalist 17: 43-45

Puckey, H., Lewis, M., Hooper, D. & Michell, C. 2004. Home range, movement and habitat utilisation of the Capentarian rock-rat (Zyzomys palatalis) in an isolated habitat patch. Wildlife Research 31: 327-337


Common Name References

ABRS 2001. Census of Australian Vertebrates. Australian Biological Resources Study. (Carpentarian Rock-rat)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
10-Dec-2010 10-Dec-2010 MOVED
10-Dec-2010 10-Dec-2010 MOVED
10-Dec-2010 09-Dec-2010 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)