Thought to have been extinct for more than 100 years, little marsupial is rediscovered in Australia

Main report: Mammal long thought extinct in NSW resurfaces in state’s west
(University of New South Wales News)
Other Reporting: Daily Mail, IBTimes, National Geographic
Scientific Paper:    
New Taxa: Dasycercus cristicauda
Common Name: Crest-tailed mulgara
Categories: Lazarus Species | Mammals | Nature Thriving

The Australian crest-tailed mulgara, a tiny marsupial was long thought to be extinct, was found during recent scientific monitoring in Sturt National Park, New South Wales, Australia. The animal had not been seen or studied for over a century.  “The Crest-tailed Mulgara was once widely distributed across sandy desert environments in inland Australia, but declined due to the effects of rabbits, cats, and foxes,” said UNSW scientist and Wild Deserts ecologist Dr. Rebecca West.

The Crest-tailed Mulgara was once widely distributed across sandy deserts in inland Australia. Photo: Reece Pedler

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