p. 5 Table 1.1. Criterion B2: Area of Occupancy should be < 500 km2
p. 29 Macropus irma. Date of authority should be 1837 not 1937.
p. 43 Rhinolophus robertsi. Should be EN9 (not VU9) in EPBC Act status column.
p. 46 Pseudomys novaehollandiae. Should be VU in EPBC Act status column.
p. 73. Dasyurus geoffroii. Legal status in Victoria should be Regionally Extinct. Legal status in Queensland is Extinct in the Wild.
p. 125. Phascogale pirata. Range: P. pirata has been recorded on Melville Island, but not on Bathurst Island.
pp. 174, 177. Southern Brown Bandicoot Isoodon obesulus. The maps for Isoodon obesulus and I. o. obesulus show no post-1992 records for the species on the Franklin Islands and St Francis Island, South Australia, even though the text reports these subpopulations as extant. Recent surveys have confirmed their extant status (Jason van Weenan, pers. comm.). The post-1992 records on the Yorke Peninsula shown on the map on p. 177 are incorrect as they were subfossil.
p. 218. Lasiorhinus krefftii gillespiei. Legal status in Queensland should be Endangered (listed as the full species).
p. 234. Gymnobelideus leadbeateri Range. The subfossil data reported by Bilney et al. (2010) came from Sooty Owls Tyto tenebricosa not Masked Owls.
p. 380. Onychogalea fraenata. Legal status in Victoria should be Regionally Extinct.
pp. 391-400. Petrogale concinna. Recent works has shown that there have been no records of the Kimberley subspecies, P. c. monastria, on the mainland since 1974. The maps for the full species (p. 391) and for P. c. monastria (p. 398) are now known to be incorrect as they show mainland records since 1992. Nabarleks do not co-occur with Monjon at Artesian Range as stated on p. 399. The ‘Near Threatened’ status in the MAP is therefore incorrect and both the full species and the Kimberley subspecies meet criteria for Vulnerable.
p. 400. Petrogale godmani. The three north-western pre-1992 records shown from Cape York would actually be P. coenensis. P. godmani is not known from this area, only P. coenensis, but older specimens may still be incorrectly labelled as P. godmani. The most southerly pre-1993 record from central Queensland is also an error.
p. 422. Petrogale penicillata. The northern-most post-1992 record would be a mis-labelled P. herberti. P. penicillata is only found as far north as near Nanango.
p. 450. Notoryctes caurinus. Kakarratul is mis-spelled under ‘Justification’.
p. 468. Pteropus macrotis. Legal status in Queensland should be Least Concern.
p. 476 Canis lupus dingo. Legal status in Victoria should be Threatened (Data Deficient).
p. 498. Hipposideros semoni. Legal status in Queensland is Endangered.
p. 568. Conilurus albipes Former abundance. The subfossil data reported by Bilney et al. (2010) came from Sooty Owls Tyto tenebricosa not Masked Owls.
p. 591. Authority for Mastacomys fuscus mordicus should be Thomas, 1922.
p. 622. Pseudomys australis. Legal status in Queensland should be Endangered.
p. 641. Pseudomys novaehollandiae. Legal status in Victoria should be Threatened (Vulnerable).
p. 1030. Index. Marsupial-mole, Northern. Kakarratul is mis-spelled.
updated July 2015
Taxonomic changes since 2012
Newly described species and subspecies
Antechinus mysticus, Baker, Mutton and Van Dyck, 2013.
Baker AM, Mutton TY, Van Dyck S. (2012). A new dasyurid marsupial from eastern Queensland, Australia: the Buff-footed Antechinus, Antechinus mysticus sp. nov. (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae). Zootaxa3515, 1-37.
Antechinus argentus, Baker, Mutton and Hines, 2013.
Baker AM, Mutton TY, Hines HB (2013) A new dasyurid marsupial from Kroombit Tops, south-east Queensland, Australia: the Silver-headed Antechinus, Antechinus argentus sp. nov. (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae). Zootaxa3746(2): 201–239. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3746.2.1.
Antechinus arktos, Baker, Mutton, Hines and Van Dyck, 2014.
Baker AM, Mutton TY, Hines HB, Van Dyck S. (2014). The Black-tailed Antechinus, Antechinus arktos sp. nov.: a new species of carnivorous marsupial from montane regions of the Tweed Volcano caldera, eastern Australia. Zootaxa3765(2): 101–133. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3765.2.1
Antechinus vandycki Baker, Mutton, Mason & Gray, 2015.
Antechinus mimetes mimetes (Thomas, 1924) (new status)
Antechinus mimetes insulanus Davison, 1991 (new combination, previously A. swainsonii insulanus)
Baker, A.M., Mutton, T.Y., Mason, E.D. & Gray, E.L. 2015. A taxonomic assessment of the Australian Dusky Antechinus Complex: a new species, the Tasman Peninsula Dusky Antechinus (Antechinus vandycki sp. nov.) and an elevation to species of the Mainland Dusky Antechinus (Antechinus swainsonii mimetes (Thomas)). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum – Nature 59: 75-126. http://dx.doi.org/10.17082/j.2204-1478.59.2015.2014-10
New species previously known in Australia under another name
Sousa sahulensis Jefferson and Rosenbaum, 2014. This species, which occurs in northern Australian and southern Papua New Guinean and West Papuan (Indonesian) waters, was previously included in Sousa chinensis.
Jefferson JA, Rosenbaum HC (2014). Taxonomic revision of the humpback dolphins (Sousa spp.), and description of a new species from Australia. Marine Mammal Science30, 1494-1541.
New species previously known from phrase names
Mormopterus lumsdenae, Reardon, McKenzie and Adams, 2014, previously informally known as Mormopterus sp. 1
Mormopterus kitcheneri McKenzie, Reardon and Adams, 2014, previously informally known as Mormopterus sp. 4 (population O)
Mormopterus halli Reardon, McKenzie and Adams, 2014, previously informally known as Mormopterus sp. 5 (populations S, T: east)
Reardon TB, McKenzie NL, Cooper SJB, Appleton B, Carthew S, Adams M (2014). A molecular and morphological investigation of species boundaries and phylogenetic relationships in Australian free-tailed bats Mormopterus (Chiroptera: Molossidae). Australian Journal of Zoology62, 109-136. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/ZO13082.
Species where phrase names have been used, but with older names that are now confirmed
Mormopterus ridei (Felton, 1964), previously informally known as Mormopterus sp. 2, also previously known as M. loriae ridei
Mormopterus petersi (Leche, 1884), previously informally known asMormopterus sp. 3
Mormopterus planiceps (Peters, 1866), previously informally known as Mormopterus sp. 4 (populations P,Q,R: east southeast)
Mormopterus cobourgianus (Johnson, 1959), previously informally known as Mormopterus sp. 5 (populations U,V: west); also previously known as M. loriae cobourgiana.
Reardon TB, McKenzie NL, Cooper SJB, Appleton B, Carthew S, Adams M (2014). (as above)
Rock-wallaby taxonomic changes
In the Action Plan (p. 22) we stated
‘No subspecies are currently recognised for P. brachyotis, but recent research (Potter et al. 2012) indicates marked variation between populations in the Kimberley, Victoria River District and the rest of the Top End of the Northern Territory. This may be best treated as two (Northern Territory, Kimberley) or three species. Here, we recognise three taxa within what is currently considered P. brachyotis: P. b. [Kimberley] sensu Potter et al. (2012), P. b. [Top End] sensu Potter et al. (2012) and P. b. [Victoria River District] sensu Potter et al. (2012)’.
The taxonomic status has subsequently been resolved and formalised by Potter et al. (2014). This reinstates the name P. wilkinsi (Thomas 1926) (Wilkin’s Rock-wallaby or Eastern Short-eared Rock-wallaby) for subpopulations in mainland Northern Territory east of the Victoria River District and Groote Eylandt, Bickerton Island, and islands of the Sir Edward Pellew, Wessel and English Company Group). It also formally describes the subspecies P. b. brachyotis (from the Kimberley and adjacent far north-western Northern Territory) and P. b. victoriae (currently known from four localities east/north of the Victoria River, NT).
Potter S, Close RL, Taggart DA, Cooper SJB, Eldridge MDB (2014). Taxonomy of rock-wallabies, Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). IV. Multifaceted study of the brachyotis group identifies additional taxa. Australian Journal of Zoology62, 401–414. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/ZO13095.
Thomas, O. (1926). Two new rock-wallabies (Petrogale) discovered by Capt. G.W. Wilkins in Northern Australia. Annals and Magazine of Natural History Series 9. 17, 184-187.
Note that in the Action Plan we evaluated the taxa now known as Petrogale brachyotis victoriae as Near Threatened (approaches B1ab(iii); C1) and P. b. brachyotis and P. wilkinsi as Least Concern.
Taxon proposed for changing from subspecies to species
The Dingo, included in the Action Plan as Canis lupus dingo, has been proposed as a full species. The taxonomic status of the Dingo has been and continues to be contested.
Crowther MS, Fillios M, Coleman N, Letnic M (2014). An updated description of the Australian dingo (Canis dingo Meyer, 1793). Journal of Zoology 293, 192-203. doi:10.1111/jzo.12134.
However, note that Jackson and Groves (2015, see below), have proposed that the dingo is Canis familiaris.
Jackson S, Groves C (2015) Taxonomy of Australian mammals. (CSIRO Publishing: Clayton South.)
This major work has proposed several amendments to the taxonomy of Australian mammals. An updated list of Australian mammals developed from the list in the Action Plan, incorporating the changes proposed in Jackson & Groves as well as other changes described above, follows.
THE ACTION PLAN FOR AUSTRALIAN MAMMALS
WORKING LIST OF NATIVE AUSTRALIAN MAMMAL SPECIES AND SUBSPECIES
REVISED DECEMBER 2015
Red highlight: taxonomic changes proposed since 2012, largely based on Jackson & Groves (2015), plus new taxonomic descriptions
Blue highlight: undescribed taxa recognised in Woinarski et al. (2014)
Zyzomys argurus (Thomas, 1889) [Jackson & Groves place Zyzomys after Uromys and Xeromys]
Zyzomys maini Kitchener, 1989
Zyzomys palatalis Kitchener, 1989
Zyzomys pedunculatus (Waite, 1896)
Zyzomys woodwardi (Thomas, 1909)
Rattus colletti (Thomas, 1904)
Rattus fuscipes (Waterhouse, 1839)
Rattus fuscipes fuscipes (Waterhouse, 1839)
Rattus fuscipes greyii (J.E. Gray, 1841)
Rattus fuscipes assimilis (Gould, 1858)
Rattus fuscipes coracius Thomas, 1923
Rattus leucopus (J.E. Gray, 1867)
Rattus leucopus leucopus (J.E. Gray, 1867)
Rattus leucopus cooktownensis Tate, 1951
Rattus lutreolus (J.E. Gray, 1841)
Rattus lutreolus lutreolus (J.E. Gray, 1841)
Rattus lutreolus velutinus (Thomas, 1882)
Rattus lutreolus lacus Tate, 1951
† Rattus macleari (Thomas, 1887)
† Rattus nativitatis (Thomas, 1889)
Rattus sordidus (Gould, 1858)
Rattus tunneyi (Thomas, 1904)
Rattus tunneyi tunneyi (Thomas, 1904)
Rattus tunneyi culmorum (Thomas & Dollman, 1909)
Rattus villosissimus (Waite, 1898)
† Crocidura trichura Dobson, 1889 [Jackson & Groves place Crocidura after rodents and before bats]
Canis familiaris Linnaeus 1758
Canis lupus dingo Meyer, 1793 [Jackson & Groves do not recognise C. f. dingo (they state that ICZN does not permit subspecies of domestic ‘species’), C. dingo or C. lupus dingo and recognise this taxon as introduced. Note that under the EPBC Act, the dingo is (possibly) a ‘native species’]
Burbidge AA, Eldridge MDB, Groves C, Harrison PL, Jackson SM, Reardon TB, Westerman M, Woinarski JCZ (2014) A list of native Australian mammal species and subspecies. Pp 15-32 in JCZ Woinarski, AA Burbidge, PL Harrison The action plan for Australian mammals 2012. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood.
Jackson S, Groves C (2015) Taxonomy of Australian mammals. CSIRO Publishing, Clayton South.