Abstract

The original description of the now extinct Australian Pig-footed Bandicoot Chaeropus ecaudatus Ogilby, 1838 was based on one specimen from which the tail was missing. Re-examination of the skull thought to be the holotype of C. ecaudatus, revealed that it was associated with a skeleton with caudal vertebrae, thereby negating its type status. The holotype has not been reliably sighted since 1860 and is presumed lost as it has not been identified in world collections. We designate PA422, a skull and partial skeleton in the Australian Museum, Sydney as neotype for Chaeropus ecaudatus. This arose from a recent taxonomic revision of Chaeropus that recognized two subspecies of C. ecaudatus, prompting resolution of the type material of nominate ecaudatus.

 
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Travouillon et al., 2020. Rec. Aust. Mus. 72(3): 77–80
Author
Kenny J. Travouillon; Harry E. Parnaby; Sandy Ingleby
Year
2020
Title
Neotype designation for the Australian Pig-footed Bandicoot Chaeropus ecaudatus Ogilby, 1838
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
72
Issue
3
Start Page
77
End Page
80
DOI
10.3853/j.2201-4349.72.2020.1761
Language
en
Date Published
29 July 2020
Cover Date
29 July 2020
ISSN
ISSN 0067-1975 (print); ISSN 2201-4349 (online)
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
MAMMALIA; TAXONOMY
Digitized
29 July 2020
Available Online
29 July 2020
Reference Number
1761
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