The Action Plan for Australian Rodents

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Environment Australia, 1995


Australian Rodents
Taxonomic Classification of Rodents Reviewed in this Action Plan
Criteria for Assessing Conservation Status
Conservation Status of Australian Rodents
Causes of Decline and Extinction of Australian Rodents

Recovery outlines for critical, endangered and vulnerable Australian rodents
Melomys rubicola Bramble Cay Melomys
Leggadina lakedownensis (Thevenard Island form), Thevenard Island Short-tailed Mouse
Leporillus conditor,Greater Stick-nest Rat
Notomys fuscus, Dusky Hopping-mouse
Pseudomys australis, Plains Rat
Pseudomys fieldi, Shark Bay Mouse
Pseudomys occidentalis, Western Mouse
Pseudomys oralis, Hastings River Mouse
Pseudomys pilligaensis , Pilliga Mouse
Zyzomys palatalis, Carpentarian Rock-rat
Zyzomys pedunculatus, Central Rock-rat

Recovery outlines for rare and insufficiently known Australian rodents
Xeromys myoides, False Water-rat
Uromys hadrourus, Thornton Peak Uromys
Mesembriomys gouldii, Black-footed Tree-rat
Mesembriomys macrurus, Golden-backed Tree-rat
Notomys aquilo, Northern Hopping-Mouse
Pseudomys calabyi, Calaby's Mouse
Pseudomys chapmani, Pilbara Pebble-mound Mouse
Pseudomys fumeus , Smoky Mouse
Pseudomys johnsoni , Central Pebble-mound Mouse
Pseudomys shortridgei, Heath Mouse

Recommendations and priorities for action to conserve Australian rodents


Appendix 1: Compendium of Mammalogical Authorities
Appendix 2: Comparison between the Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council List of Endangered Vertebrates (April 1991) and this Action Plan
Appendix 3: Threatened Species Categories according to IUCN (1988) and Mace and Lande (1991)

List of tables
Table 1:
Australian rodents reviewed in this Action Plan.
Table 2: Conservation status of Australian rodents.
Table 3: Qualification to the conservation status of Australian rodents.
Table 4: Criteria used to classify Australian rodents as Critical, Endangered or Vulnerable.
Table 5: Average body mass and occurrence within the arid zone of Australian rodents which have experienced a greater than 50% reduction in range since 1800.
Table 6: Causes of decline of selected Australian rodents.
Table 7: Summary of expenditure required to secure the status of Australian rodents.

The Action Plan for Australian Rodents
by Anthony K. Lee

The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Commonwealth Government, the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories, or the Director of National Parks and Wildlife.

ISBN 0 642 21369 0
Published April 1995
Copyright: The Director of National Parks and Wildlife
Environment Australia - Biodiversity Group
Threatened Species & Communities Section

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Please Note: Under the EPBC Act new categories have been added for listed threatened species and ecological communities. Critically endangered, conservation dependant and extinct in the wild have been added to the previous categories of endangered, vulnerable and extinct for threatened species and critically endangered and vulnerable have been added to the previous category of endangered for ecological communities. Threatened Animal Species, Threatened Plant Species