Southern hairy-nosed wombat - endangered species listing

NSW Scientific Committee - final determination

The Scientific Committee, established by the Threatened Species Conservation Act, has made a Final Determination to list Lasiorhinus latifrons, (Owen, 1845), the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat as an ENDANGERED SPECIES on Part 1 of Schedule 1 of that Act.

The Scientific Committee has found that:

1. The Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat Lasiorhinus latifrons has been newly discovered in New South Wales. As a result of this discovery, the identity of subfossil material from south-western New South Wales may need to be reassessed.

2. There are reliable records of the occurrence of the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat, Lasiorhinus latifrons from the south-western corner of New South Wales between the Anabranch and the South Australian border.

3. The populations are small, consisting of two localities each with between 2 and 10 individuals.

4. Very little is known about the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat in New South Wales.

5. The populations are threatened by grazing by introduced and natural herbivores, and activities which result in the destruction of burrows.

6. In view of 3, 4 & 5 above the Scientific Committee is of the opinion that the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat Lasiorhinus latifrons is likely to become extinct in nature in NSW unless the circumstances and factors threatening it survival cease to operate.



Associate Professor Paul Adam

Deputy Chairperson

Scientific Committee

A Determination to provisionally list this species

as an endangered species was gazetted on: 30/8/96

Final Determination gazetted: 8/8/97


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