Nature conservation

Threatened species

Long-haired Rat - Channel Country: Distribution and vegetation associations

Scientific name: Rattus villosissimus
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Last updated: 01 Dec 2017

Distribution of the species within this region

The Long-haired Rat is known or predicted to occur in the following sub-regions of the Channel Country Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation of Australia Region.

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IBRA sub-region  Known or predictedGeographic restrictions within region
Bulloo Predicted None
Bulloo Dunefields Predicted None
Central Depression Predicted None
Core Ranges Predicted None
Sturt Stony Desert Known None

Vegetation formations, classes and types

In this region the Long-haired Rat - Channel Country is known to be associated with the following vegetation formations and classes. Click on a name to get background information about it.

  • Arid shrublands (Acacia sub-formation)
    • Gibber Transition Shrublands
      • Gidgee chenopod woodland on red-brown clays in the semi-arid (hot) climate zone mainly in the Mulga Lands Bioregion.
      • Gidgee of the intermittent watercourses or the arid zone (mainly Channel Country Bioregion and Simpson Strezlecki Dunefields Bioregion)
    • Sand Plain Mulga Shrublands
      • Broombush shrubland in dunefields of the arid climate zone
      • Cabbage-tree Wattle shrubland of the inland plains and drainage lines
      • Narrow-leaved Hopbush - Scrub Turpentine - Senna shrubland on semi-arid and arid sandplains and dunes.
      • Purple Wood wattle shrubland of the arid zone sandplains
      • Sandhill Wattle open shrubland on sand ridges mainly in the arid zone
      • Senna - Mulga - Needlewood open shrubland on loam-clay soils in swales and on the edges of claypans in the arid zone
      • Woollybutt Grass open grassland on red earths of the inland plains
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    • Stony Desert Mulga Shrublands
      • Desert Paper-bark shrubland wetland of semi-arid and arid climate zone watercourses.
      • Porcupine Grass - Red Mallee - Gum Coolabah hummock grassland / low sparse woodland on metamorphic ranges on the Barrier Range, Broken Hill Complex Bioregion
  • Arid shrublands (Chenopod sub-formation)
    • Aeolian Chenopod Shrublands
      • Bladder Saltbush low open chenopod shrubland of the Strzelecki dunefields of the arid climate zone
    • Gibber Chenopod Shrublands
      • Bladder Saltbush shrubland on stony plains and downs of the arid zone
      • Bluebush shrubland on stony rises and downs in the arid and semi-arid zones
      • Cotton Bush - copperburr open shrubland of the arid climate zone
      • Mitchell Grass - saltbush grassland/shrubland of the gibber downs of the arid climate zone
      • Prickly Wattle open shrubland of drainage lines on stony rises and plains of the arid climate zone
      • Shrubby Twinleaf - saltbush open shrubland on silcrete scarps of the arid zone
      • Windmill Grass - love grass - daisy derived grassland/forbland of arid climate zone
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    • Riverine Chenopod Shrublands
      • Copperburr low open shrubland on loam - clay flats and playas, western Brigalow Belt South Bioregion and northern Darling Riverine Plains Bioregion
      • Old Man Saltbush - mixed chenopod shrubland of the semi-arid hot (persistently dry) and arid climate zones (north-western NSW)
  • Freshwater wetlands
    • Inland Floodplain Shrublands
      • Budda Pea - Channel Millet ephemeral reedland wetland on floodplains in north-western NSW
      • Canegrass swamp tall grassland wetland of drainage depressions, lakes and pans of the inland plains
      • Eurah shrubland of inland floodplains
      • Golden Goosefoot shrubland wetland in swamps of the arid and semi-arid (hot summer) zones
      • Lignum shrubland wetland on floodplains and depressions of the Mulga Lands Bioregion, Channel Country Bioregion in the arid and semi-arid (hot) climate zones
      • Nitre Goosefoot shrubland wetland on clays of the inland floodplains
      • Swamp Paper-bark shrubland wetland ringing depressions in the Mulga Lands Bioregion
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    • Inland Floodplain Swamps
      • Artesian Mound Spring sedgeland wetland mainly of the Mulga Lands Bioregion
      • Common Reed - Bushy Groundsel aquatic tall reedland grassland wetland of inland river systems
      • Cumbungi rushland wetland of shallow semi-permanent water bodies and inland watercourses
      • Cyperus - Typha sedgeland wetland of the arid zone climate zone
      • Permanent and semi-permanent freshwater lakes wetland of the inland slopes and plains
      • Shallow freshwater wetland sedgeland in depressions on floodplains on inland alluivial plains and floodplains
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  • Grasslands
    • Semi-arid Floodplain Grasslands
      • Couch Grass grassland wetland on river banks and floodplains of inland river systems
      • Mitchell Grass grassland - chenopod low open shrubland on floodplains in the semi-arid (hot) and arid zones
      • Rats Tail Couch sod grassland wetland of inland floodplains
  • Saline wetlands
    • Inland Saline lakes
      • Disturbed annual saltbush forbland on clay plains and inundation zones mainly of south-western NSW
      • Neverfail Grass - ephemeral herbaceous grassland forbland of interdune claypans mainly in the arid climate zone
      • Samphire saline shrubland/forbland wetland of lake beds and lake margins in the arid and semi-arid (hot) zones
      • Sparse saltbush forbland wetland of the irregularly inundated lakes of the arid and semi-arid (persistently hot) climate zones
      • Sturts Pigface sparse forbland of saline soils of the arid zone
      • Submerged flora of saline permanent wetland of the arid zone
      • Submerged flora of saline temporary wetland of the arid zone
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  • Semi-arid woodlands (grassy sub-formation)
    • North-west Floodplain Woodlands
      • Black Box low woodland wetland lining ephemeral watercourses or fringing lakes and clay pans of semi-arid (hot) and arid zones
      • Coolabah open woodland wetland dunefield depressions of the arid zone
      • Coolabah open woodland wetland with chenopod/grassy ground cover on grey and brown clay floodplains
      • Coolabah woodland wetland of intermittent watercourses in arid zone, mainly in the Channel Country Bioregion
      • River Red Gum open woodland wetland of intermittent watercourses mainly of the arid climate zone
      • River Red Gum woodland wetland of lake fringes in the semi-arid (hot) and arid climate zones
      • Yapunyah woodland wetland of Cuttaburra-Paroo River system, Mulga Lands Bioregion
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