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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Ordo: Rodentia
Subordo: Myomorpha
Superfamilia: Muroidea
Familia: Muridae
Subfamilia: Murinae
Genus: Zyzomys
Species: Zyzomys palatilis


Zyzomys palatilis Kitchener, 1989

Vernacular names
English: Carpentarian rock rat
Nederlands: Carpentarische rotsrat


* IUCN link: Zyzomys palatilis Kitchener, 1989 (Critically Endangered)
* Zyzomys palatilis in Mammal Species of the World.
Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2 Volume Set edited by Don E. Wilson, DeeAnn M. Reeder


The Carpentarian Rock Rat (Zyzomys palatalis) is a species of rodent in the Muridae family. It is found only in Australia.


The Carpentarian Rock Rat is a small and compact conilurine rodent. Its fur is grey-brown above and pale below. The tail is used to store fat at its base, making it carrot-shaped; the skin of the tail is fragile and easily damaged by handling. The average weight of individuals is about 120 g.
Distribution and habitat

It has a very limited range, being currently known from only five localities within the Wollogorang pastoral lease of the Northern Territory, close to the border with Queensland, near the Gulf of Carpentaria. Crucial habitat characteristics are rugged sandstone gorges with a cover of dry monsoon vine-thicket or tropical woodland, and with access to permanent water.

The estimated size of the wild population of this species is less than 2000. The main threat is from hot, late dry-season, fires. It is classified as being Critically Endangered. It is subject to conservation management, including a captive breeding program at the Territory Wildlife Park.[1]

1. ^ [1] PDF downloaded 19 November 2007

* Baillie, J. 1996. Zyzomys palatilis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 20 July 2007.
* Musser, G. G. and M. D. Carleton. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. Pp. 894-1531 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

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