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SPECIES Mesembriomys gouldii

Author:Gray, 1843.
Citation:List Specimens Mamm. Coll. Br. Mus.: 116.
Common Name:Black-footed Mesembriomys
Type Locality:Australia, Northern Territory, Port Essington; see details in Mahoney and Richardson (1988:163).
Distribution:Australia; N Western Australia, N Northern Territory, N Queensland, Melville Isl, and Bathurst Isl (Friend, 1991; Watts and Aslin, 1981).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (nt).
Comments:Analyses of chromosomal and electrophoretic data (Baverstock et al., 1977a, c, 1981, 1983b) as well as phallic and dental morphology (Lidicker and Brylski, 1987; Misonne, 1969) indicated M. gouldii is phylogenetically most closely related to species of Conilurus. Reviewed by Watts and Aslin (1981) and Friend and Calaby (1995).
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Synonyms:

    hirsutus (Gould, 1842)
    melvillensis Hayman, 1936
    rattoides Thomas, 1924

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