IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)


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Range Description

This specieshas a limited range in the hilly parts of north-western Queensland and eastern Northern Territory, Australia. It is known to have occurred in four separate areas between the Tawallah Range/Limmen Bight River, Northern Territory, and Gunpowder, north-west Queensland (McKean and Martin 1989 and Murphy et al. 2011, in Garnett et al. 2011), which may have been a single subpopulation within the last century. There have been no records from the subpopulation around Borroloola, including Limmen National Park, since 1986, despite several targeted surveys in the last decade. No suitable unburnt habitat could be found in 2009 (Harrington et al. 2009). The Wollogorang subpopulation survives in two small locations in the Northern Territory but there have been no records in the adjacent area of Queensland since 1986, or from the China Wall area to the south since 1974 (Garnett et al. 2011). Visits in the late 2000s found severe burning and no suitable habitat (Harrington et al. 2009, Perry et al. 2011). The Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) subpopulation was exposed to very extensive fires in 2003 and 2006, but survives in greatly reduced numbers (Harrington et al. 2009). The total population is estimated ato number 14,000 mature individuals, 13,000 of these at Mount Isa at 500 each at Boodjamulla and Wollogorang (Garnett et al. 2011).


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