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.

Description[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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.