Central Rock-rat, Antina
EPBC Status: Critically Endangered
SPRAT Species Profile: Zyzomys pedunculatus — Central Rock-rat, Antina
Found in: Northern Territory
Threatened Species Strategy Scorecards:
Central Rock-rat Year 3 scorecard 2018 (PDF - 429.24 KB)
Central Rock-rat Year 3 scorecard 2018 (DOCX - 283.21 KB)
Year 3 Scorecard Summary (2018)
The Central Rock-rat is a medium sized rodent confined to arid areas in central Australia. It has experienced extreme declines in range and population size, and a recent analysis ranked it as the mammal taxon most likely to go extinct in the next 20 years. Key threats are predation by feral cats and extensive fires which can remove cover and reduce food availability across the entire current range of the species. Due to its very small population and distributional extent, the species’ persistence is highly sensitive to these threats.
Recovery efforts have focused on landscape-scale feral cat control at refuge sites for the Central Rock-rat. This work has been undertaken by the NT Government with support from the Australian Government, and has contributed to the improved population trajectory for the species since 2015. Ongoing management of feral cats and fire will be important to prevent future declines.
To further safeguard the population in the longer-term, the Australian Government also provided funding to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy for a cat-proof exclosure at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary in the NT, which is one of several potential future translocation sites for the Central Rock-rat.
- 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: © Alex James