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Threatened species

Dusky Hopping-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: Notomys fuscus
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 25 Jun 2004
Profile last updated: 07 Sep 2017


A medium-sized mouse with long back legs, large ears and a long, tufted tail. Colour is pale orange above, white below.


Formerly presumed extinct in NSW, the species was rediscovered in Sturt National Park in the State's far north west corner in 2003. Since then, the species has been recorded from around 50km south of Sturt National Park, and from around 80km north of Broken Hill. More recently, a single individual was found killed by a cat in the Broken Hill urban area.

Habitat and ecology

  • Nocturnal and terrestrial, feeding primarily of seeds, and also green vegetation insects. Does not need to drink.
  • Most records are from sand dunes, hills and ridges associated with perennial Sandhill Canegrass (Zygochloa paradoxa), Dillon Bush (Nitraria billardierei) and Acacia species, characteristic of the Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields Bioregion. In contrast, the southern-most record in NSW was from the Broken Hill Complex Bioregion, and collected in Bluebush (Maireana pyramidata) chenopod shrubland near a drainage line with River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis), Prickly Wattle (Acacia victoriae) and Western Boobiala (Myoporum montanum).
  • Live in stable colonies of up to five individuals in a burrow system.
  • Forages on open sand areas, rarely venturing into surrounding habitats.

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 Predicted None
Broken Hill ComplexMootwingee Downs Known None
Channel CountryCore Ranges Predicted None
Channel CountrySturt Stony Desert Predicted None
Other StateQLD Known None
Other StateSA Known None
Simpson Strzelecki DunefieldsStrzelecki Desert Known None