Northern Hopping-mouse, Woorrentinta
EPBC Status: Vulnerable
SPRAT Species Profile: Notomys aquilo — Northern Hopping-mouse, Woorrentinta
Found in: Northern Territory
Threatened Species Strategy Scorecards: The Northern Hopping-mouse was under assessment by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee at the time of preparation of the Year Three Report, and hence was not included in the trajectories assessment and a scorecard is not available. For the most up to date information on the Northern Hopping-mouse, please refer to the approved Conservation Advice, available at the SPRAT Species Profile listed above.
Species summary from Year Three Report (2018)
The Northern Hopping-mouse is a rodent currently only found on Groote Eylandt in the NT. It was previously known on the Australian mainland, most recently in Arnhem Land in 1973, but declined due to a number of threats including inappropriate fire regimes that impact food availability, predation by feral cats and habitat loss from mining activities.
Recovery efforts for the Northern Hopping-mouse include ongoing fire management by traditional owners and post-mining habitat restoration. A recent project supported by the Australian Government to monitor threatened species on Groote Eylandt, while also monitoring feral cats and evaluating non-target impacts of cat baiting, will better inform management of Northern Hopping-mouse in future.
Unfortunately, although decline appears to have slowed, the Northern Hopping-mouse is likely still decreasing in numbers. Ongoing and increased conservation efforts are required to secure this species into the future. Some uncertainties with population trends may be resolved through the current review of the species conservation by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC).
- Threatened species strategy
- 20 birds by 2020
- 20 mammals by 2020
- 30 plants by 2020
- Three year review of progress on priority bird and mammal species
Photo credit: © Rebecca Diete