Desert rat kangaroo (Caloprymnus campestris)

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Desert rat kangaroo specimen dorsal, lateral and ventral view
IUCN Red List species status – Extinct EXTINCT

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  • The desert rat kangaroo is a small hopping marsupial endemic to central Australia.
  • Despite extensive research within its habitat, the desert rat kangaroo has not been seen since 1935.
  • The desert rat kangaroo is mainly herbivorous, normally feeding on foliage and stems. 
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Desert rat kangaroo description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderDiprotodontia
FamilyPotoroidae
GenusCaloprymnus (1)

Information on the desert rat kangaroo is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

Also known as
Buff-nosed rat-kangaroo, plains rat-kangaroo.
French
Kangourou-rat Du Désert.
Spanish
Canguro-rata Desértico.
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Desert rat kangaroo status

Classified as Extinct (EX) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Extinct

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (March, 2010)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
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Desert rat kangaroo specimen dorsal, lateral and ventral view  
Desert rat kangaroo specimen dorsal, lateral and ventral view

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