Hastings River Mouse - profile

Indicative distribution


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Scientific name: Pseudomys oralis
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Profile last updated: 07 Sep 2017

Description

The Hastings River Mouse is a small rodent with a head-and-body length of about 17 cm. It has brownish-grey fur above, buff to greyish-white fur below and white feet. The 15 cm long tail is also furred white on the underside. They have large, bulging eyes surrounded by a black eye-ring and a strongly rounded snout.

Distribution

A patchy distribution spanning the Great Dividing Range from the Hunter Valley, south of Mt Royal, north to the Bunya Mountains near Kingaroy in south-east Queensland, at elevations between 300 m and 1100 m.

Habitat and ecology

  • A variety of dry open forest types with dense, low ground cover and a diverse mixture of ferns, grass, sedges and herbs.
  • Access to seepage zones, creeks and gullies is important, as is permanent shelter such as rocky outcrops and fallen logs.
  • Nests may be in either gully areas or ridges and slopes. They eat seeds, leaves, insects and fungi.
  • Home range is generally between 0.5ha and 4ha and there may be some overlap with other individuals.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
New England TablelandsArmidale Plateau Known Only found above 250 m altitude
New England TablelandsNortheast Forest Lands Known Only found above 250 m altitude
New England TablelandsStanthorpe Plateau Known Only found above 250 m altitude
New England TablelandsWalcha Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsWongwibinda Plateau Predicted None
NSW North CoastBarrington Predicted None
NSW North CoastCarrai Plateau Known Only found above 250 m altitude
NSW North CoastChaelundi Known Only found above 250 m altitude
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known Only found above 250 m altitude
NSW North CoastComboyne Plateau Known Above 300m altitude
NSW North CoastDalmorton Known Only found above 250 m altitude
NSW North CoastMacleay Gorges Known None
NSW North CoastMummel Escarpment Known Above 300m altitude
NSW North CoastRocky River Gorge Known Only found above 250 m altitude
NSW North CoastTomalla Known None
NSW North CoastUpper Manning Known Only found above 250 m altitude
NSW North CoastWashpool Known Only found above 250 m altitude
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known Only found above 250 m altitude