The Pilliga Mouse is a small rodent with grey fur and a white belly. Its dark tail ends with a small, black tuft. This species grows to 8 cm long, with a tail to 8 cm long, and weighs 6–16.5 g (mean 11 g and larger weights are recorded in peak population periods). This species is distinguished by its relatively long hindfeet.
Pilliga Mouse |
Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Pseudomys pilligaensis
Intensive trapping over many years produced very few individuals (Strahan; 1995); however evidence exists of marked population fluctuations in response to environmental changes caused by fire and rain (DECC; 2005).
Threats The main identified threats to the Pilliga Mouse include loss or degradation of habitat through inappropriate fire regimes; forestry operations and broombrush harvesting predation by feral cats (Felis catus) and foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and competition from the common house mouse (Mus musculus).
Australian Government, Listing Advice, Pseudomys pilligaensis
Threats Known The main identified threats to the Pilliga Mouse include loss or degradation of habitat through inappropriate fire regimes; forestry operations and broombrush harvesting predation by Felis catus (feral cats) and Vulpes vulpes (foxes) and competition from the Mus musculus (common house mouse) (TSSC; 2008).