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SPECIES Pseudomys occidentalis

Author:Tate, 1951.
Citation:Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 97: 246.
Common Name:Western Pseudomys
Type Locality:Australia, Western Australia, Tambellup.
Distribution:Australia; extant range in SW Western Australia, subfossil specimens indicate species extended along S coastline to Kangaroo Isl off coast of South Australia (Kitchener, 1992; Robinson et al., 2000; Watts and Aslin, 1981:205).
Status:U.S. ESA and IUCN Endangered.
Comments:Considered "rare and likely to become extinct," but range was contracting before arrival of Europeans (Watts and Aslin, 1981:205). Electrophoretic data clustered P. occidentalis with all other Pseudomys analyzed except P. fumeus, P. gracilicaudatus, P. nanus, and P. shortridgei (Baverstock et al., 1981). Reviewed by Whisson and Kitchener (1995).
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