Conilurus capricornensis

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Capricorn rabbit rat
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Conilurus
Species: C. capricornensis
Binomial name
Conilurus capricornensis
Cramb & Hocknull, 2010

Conilurus capricornensis commonly known as Capricorn rabbit rat[1] is an extinct species of rabbit rat (Conilurus). It was described as a new species in 2010 and is only known by Pleistocene and Holocene dental remains. The species' epithet refers to the Capricorn Caves, Queensland, Australia, were the holotype was unearthed.


Conilurus capricornensis can be distinguished from other rabbit-rat species by its molars. It had the broadest molars of any Conilurus species.[2]


  1. ^ a b Andrew Burbidge, John Woinarski & Peter Harrison (2014). The Action Plan for Australian Mammals 2012. CSIRO Publishing. pp. 568–569. 
  2. ^ Jonathan Cramb & Scott Hocknull (2010). "New Quaternary records of Conilurus (Rodentia: Muridae) from eastern and northern Australia with the description of a new species". Zootaxa. 2634: 41–56.