Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to the arid and semi-arid areas of central Australia, from the plains of Lake Eyre Basin to the Northern Territory. It is absent from the Central Desert. It is also not found continuously throughout range; patchy distribution.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This nocturnal species is found in arid areas where it is associated with tussock grasslands, cracking clay plains, and low shrublands on plains with loam, clay, or stony soils (Reid 2008). It is rarely recorded from mulga woodlands, spinifex grasslands, rocky-hills, and areas of sand dune (Reid 2008). Females give birth to a litter of between three and four young, and reproduction is believed to be generally related to rainfall (Reid 2008).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Robinson, T. & Read, J.

Reviewer/s
Lamoreux, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Least Concern because, although it has a patchy distribution and fluctuating populations, it has a wide distribution, a presumed large population, it lacks major threats, and it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

History
  • 1996
    Lower Risk/near threatened
    (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
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Population

Population
Population levels fluctuate with rainfall.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major, widespread threats to this species. High levels of grazing, particularly by sheep, is a localized threat. Feral cats and red foxes may be a localized threats.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is present in some protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Forrest's mouse

Forrest's mouse (Leggadina forresti), or desert short-tailed mouse, is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found only in Australia. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry lowland habitat of tussock grasslands, stony salt bush and spinifex hillsides along with riparian Coolabah forests of central Australia.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robinson, T. & Read, J. (2008). Leggadina forresti. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 10 October 2008.
  2. ^ Menkhorst. P, Knight. F "A field Guide to the Mammals of Australia" Oxford University Press South Melbourne, 2001, p.184 ISBN 0-19-550870-X
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