Greater stick-nest rat

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Greater stick-nest rat
Greater Sticknest Rat.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Genus: Leporillus
Species: L. conditor
Binomial name
Leporillus conditor
(Sturt, 1848)

The greater stick-nest rat, house-building rat (Leporillus conditor) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in Australia on the Franklin Islands and St Peter Island in the Nuyts Archipelago, Reevesby Island, Salutation Island, Faure Island and Heirisson Prong, and a fenced off area at Roxby Downs in South Australia.[2] It was formerly widespread in semi-arid habitat on the mainland,[3] where the soils were shallow with calcereous underlying strata.[4]

It measures 32 to 44 cm in total length, weigthing 180 to 450 g.[5] Its natural habitat is dry savanna.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morris, K. & Copley, P. (2008). Leporillus conditor. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 10 October 2008. Listed as Vulnerable(VU D2 v3.1)
  2. ^ http://www.arkive.org/greater-stick-nest-rat/leporillus-conditor/
  3. ^ Ellis, M. (1995). A discussion of the large extinct rodents of Mootwingee National Park, western New South Wales. Australian Zoologist. 30:1-4.
  4. ^ Josephine Flood (2004) Archaeology of the Dreamtime, J.B Publishing, Marleston p. 206 ISBN 1-876622-50-4
  5. ^ http://www.arkive.org/greater-stick-nest-rat/leporillus-conditor/