EPBC status: Vulnerable
SPRAT Species Profile: Conilurus penicillatus — Brush-tailed Rabbit-rat
Found in: Northern Territory and Western Australia
Threatened Species Strategy Scorecards:
Brush-tailed Rabbit-rat Year 3 scorecard 2018 (PDF - 490.14 KB)
Brush-tailed Rabbit-rat Year 3 scorecard 2018 (DOCX - 380.25 KB)
Year 3 Scorecard Summary (2018)
The Brush-tailed Rabbit-rat is a medium-sized rodent with a distinctive long brush-tipped tail. Formerly spread across tropical woodlands and open forests of northern Australia, it has declined extensively, most likely because of predation by feral cats and frequent high-intensity fires. Brush-tailed Rabbit-rats are now only found in some higher rainfall areas and on a few islands.
Overall decline in Brush-tailed Rabbit-rats is continuing, however the rate of decline has slowed since 2015 and data indicate populations in the Kimberley are stable or increasing. WA and NT governments, Indigenous groups and other organisations have worked hard to manage feral cats and reduce fire threats. Australian Government support has contributed to fire management activities in the Kimberley, research on Groote Eylandt, conservation research and management of the species on the Tiwi Islands, and will assist with a proposed translocation to a cat-free island in Kakadu National Park.
- Threatened species strategy
- 20 birds by 2020
- 20 mammals by 2020
- 30 plants by 2020
- Three year review of progress on priority bird and mammal species
Please note that this scorecard is due for review in Year 5 of the Threatened Species Strategy (2020). If you would like to contribute information on this species please provide your contact details to ThreatenedSpeciesCommissioner@awe.gov.au
Photo credit: © Hugh Davies, Melbourne University