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Threatened species

Forrest's Mouse - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Leggadina forresti
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 07 Sep 2017


A small mouse (15-25g) with a conspicuously short tail that is 60-70% of the combined length of the head and body. individuals have thick, short, coarse light grey to yellowish brown fur with darker hairs above, and is white below. It has relatively small ears and eyes and a short, broad muzzle.


Forrest's Mouse is sparsely distributed across arid and semi-arid inland Australia. In north west NSW, it has been recorded from Sturt National Park, Tibooburra, Fowler’s Gap, Mutawintji National Park (as subfossil remains), and from near Wilcannia. The species has also recently been recorded from Ledknapper Nature Reserve, and Culgoa National Park near Weilmoringle.

Habitat and ecology

  • Forrest's Mouse occurs in arid and semi-arid plains habitats, especially tussock grassland and chenopod shrubland. Also mulga or savannah woodlands, claypans and sandy ridges.
  • Nocturnal and solitary, this animal shelters during the day in nests in shallow burrows and cracks in the soil.
  • They feed on seeds, arthropods and green leaves & stems and, like other well-adapted desert rodents, probably obtain sufficient moisture from their food that they do not rely on standing water for drinking.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Known None
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Outwash Known None
Broken Hill ComplexMootwingee Downs Known None
Broken Hill ComplexScopes Range Predicted None
Channel CountryBulloo Predicted None
Channel CountryBulloo Dunefields Predicted None
Channel CountryCentral Depression Known None
Channel CountryCore Ranges Predicted None
Channel CountrySturt Stony Desert Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsCulgoa-Bokhara Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsLouth Plains Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsWilcannia Plains Predicted None
Mulga LandsCuttaburra-Paroo Predicted None
Mulga LandsKerribree Basin Predicted None
Mulga LandsNebine Plains Known None
Mulga LandsParoo Overflow Predicted None
Mulga LandsParoo-Darling Sands Known None
Mulga LandsUrisino Sandplains Predicted None
Mulga LandsWarrego Plains Predicted None
Mulga LandsWarrego Sands Predicted None
Mulga LandsWest Warrego Predicted None
Mulga LandsWhite Cliffs Plateau Predicted None
Other StateQLD Known None
Other StateSA Known None
Simpson Strzelecki DunefieldsStrzelecki Desert Known None