from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A synonym of Lagidium.
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However a high number of mammal species, 14 percent of the total mammalian fauna, are considered regionally or globally threatened, including the greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis VU), hairy-footed dunnart (Sminthopsis hirtipes), dusky hopping mouse (Notomys fuscus VU), mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda VU), and kowari.
Several mammal species, including bilby (Macrotis lagotis VU), northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) and golden bandicoot (Isoodon auratus VU), have declined or disappeared altogether from this ecoregion.
Twenty two native mammals are found in the park including dingo Canis familiaris dingo, red kangaroo Macropus rufus, common wallaroo M. robustus, marsupial mole Notoryctes typhlops, spinifex hopping mouse Notomys alexis, several bat species including Australian false vampire Marcoderma gigas (V), bilby Macrotis lagotis (E), occasional short nosed echidna Tachyglossus aculeatus and several small marsupials and native rodents.
The park protects important habitat for an isolated population of the vulnerable bilby (Macrotis lagotis).
Several mammal species, including bilby (Macrotis lagotis VU), northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), pale field-rat (Rattus tunneyi), golden-backed tree-rat, and golden bandicoot have declined, especially in the lower rainfall lowland portions of this ecoregion.
The findings show that bilbies (Macrotis lagotis) and bettongs (bettongia lesueur), which are both superficially rabbit-like marsupials, can help green the landscape in arid areas by creating pockets of nutrient-rich soil.
Mammals that have been extirpated from southern Eyre Peninsula include tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii), southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus), the vulnerable greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis), the endangered western barred bandicoot (Perameles bougainville), the vulnerable burrowing bettong (Bettongia leseur), and brush-tailed bettong (Bettongia pencillata).