Conservation Status

Potorous gilbertii: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Woinarski, J. & Burbidge, A. A. (2016). Potorous gilbertii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016

Potorous gilbertii (Gilbert's Potoroo)
Threatened Species Scientific Committee. (2004). Potorous gilbertii (Gilbert's Potoroo). Advice to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage from the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) on amendments to the list of threatened species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
 

Rare and Endangered: Gilbert's Potoroo
Friend, T. (2003). Rare and Endangered: Gilbert's Potoroo. Nature Australia, 27(9), 22

Conservation Management

How many bird and mammal extinctions has recent conservation action prevented?
Bolam, F. C., Mair, L., Angelico, M., Brooks, T. M., Burgman, M., Hermes, C., … Butchart, S. H. M. (2020). How many bird and mammal extinctions has recent conservation action prevented? biorXiv doi: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.11.943902v1 *paywall*

Minimizing species extinctions through strategic planning for conservation fencing
Ringma, J. L., Wintle, B., Fuller, R. A., Fisher, D. & Bode, M. (2017). Minimizing species extinctions through strategic planning for conservation fencing. Society for Conservation Biology, 31(5), 1029-1038.

Rescuing Gilbert’s potoroo, the world’s most endangered marsupial, with community help
Friend, T. (2007). Rescuing Gilbert’s potoroo, the world’s most endangered marsupial, with community help. National Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference Proceedings, 2007.

Patterns in the modern decline of Western Australia's vertebrate fauna: causes and conservation implications
Burbidge, A. A., & McKenzie, N. L. (1989). Patterns in the modern decline of Western Australia's vertebrate fauna: causes and conservation implications. Biological Conservation, 50(1-4), 143-198

Disease

Morphological and molecular characterization of Trypanosoma copemani n. sp. (Trypanosomatidae) isolated from Gilbert's potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) and quokka (Setonix brachyurus)
Austen, J. M., Jefferies, R, Friend, J. A., Ryan, U., Adams, P., & Reid, S. A. (2009). Morphological and molecular characterization of Trypanosoma copemani n. sp. (Trypanosomatidae) isolated from Gilbert's potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) and quokka (Setonix brachyurus). Parasitology 136: 783-792.

Theileria gilberti n. sp. (Apicomplexa: Theileriidae) in the Gilbert's Potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) *pay wall*
Lee, J. Y., Ryan, U. M., Jefferies, R., McInness, L., Forshaw, D., Friend, J. A., & Irwin, P. J. (2009). Theileria gilberti n. sp. (Apicomplexa: Theileriidae) in the Gilbert's Potoroo (Potorous gilbertii). Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 56, 290-295.
https://zenodo.org/record/995727/files/article.pdf
*pre-publication text only, no figures*

Hematological and serum biochemical reference values and cohort analysis in the Gilbert’s potoroo (Potorous gilbertii)
Vaughan, R. J., Warren, K. S., Mills, J., Palmer, C., Fenwick, S., Monaghan, C. L. & Friend, J. A. (2009). Hematological and serum biochemical reference values and cohort analysis in the Gilbert’s potoroo (Potorous gilbertii). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 40(2): 276-288.

Cryptococcosis in Gilbert's and long-nosed potoroo
Vaughan, R. J., Vitali, S. D. Eden, P. A., Payne, K. L., Warren, K. S., Forshaw, D., . . . Malik, R. (2007). Cryptococcosis in Gilbert's and long-nosed potoroo. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine,38(4): 567-573.

Predation

Surplus killing by introduced predators in Australia—evidence for ineffective anti-predator adaptations in native prey species? *paywall*
Short, J., Kinnear, J. E., & Robley, A. (2002). Surplus killing by introduced predators in Australia—evidence for ineffective anti-predator adaptations in native prey species? Biological Conservation,103, 283- 301.

Translocations

Returning the rat-kangaroos: translocation attempts in the family Potoroidae (superfamily Macropodoidea) and recommendations for conservation
Finlayson, G. R., Finlayson, S. T., & Dickman, C. R. (2010). Returning the rat-kangaroos: translocation attempts in the family Potoroidae (superfamily Macropodoidea) and recommendations for conservation. In: G. Coulson and M. D. B. Eldridge (eds), Macropods: The biology of kangaroos, wallabies and rat-kangaroos, (pp. 245–262). CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood.

Genetics and Taxonomy

Novel insights into the phylogenetic relationships of the endangered marsupial genus Potorous
Frankham, G. J., Handasyde, K. A., & Eldridge, M. D. B. (2012). Novel insights into the phylogenetic relationships of the endangered marsupial genus Potorous. Molecular Phytogenetics and Evolution, 64, 592-602.

Detecting a genetic bottleneck in Gilbert’s potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) (Marsupialia: Potoroidae), inferred from microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA sequence data.
Sinclair, E. A., Costello, B., Courtenay, J. M., & Crandall, K. A. (2002). Detecting a genetic bottleneck in Gilbert’s potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) (Marsupialia: Potoroidae), inferred from microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA sequence data. Conservation Genetics, 3, 191- 196.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/A:1015228508714 *paywall*

Chromosome morphology in Gilbert’s potoroo, Potorous gilbertii (Marsupialia: Potoroidae)
Sinclair, E. A., Murch, A. R., Di Renzo, M., & Palermo, M. (2000). Chromosome morphology in Gilbert’s potoroo, Potorous gilbertii (Marsupialia: Potoroidae). Australian Journal of Zoology, 48, 281- 287.

Phylogenetic relationships within the genus Potorous (Marsupialalia: Potoroidae) based on allozyme electrophoresis and sequence analysis of the cytochrome-b gene
Sinclair, E. A., & Westerman, M. (1997). Phylogenetic relationships within the genus Potorous (Marsupialalia: Potoroidae) based on allozyme electrophoresis and sequence analysis of the cytochrome-b gene. Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 4, 147- 161.

Recovery Plans

Gilbert’s potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) Recovery Plan (2016)
Department of Parks and Wildlife (2016). Gilbert’s potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) Recovery Plan. Wildlife Management Program No.62.
Prepared by J.A. Friend, S. Comer, M.J. Page, A. Thomas, Department of Parks and Wildlife, Perth, WA.

Gilbert’s Potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) Recovery Plan (2004)
Courtenay, J. & Friend, T. (2004). Gilbert’s Potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) Recovery Plan. Wildlife Management Program No. 32. Department of Conservation and Land Management.

Gilbert’s potoroo (Potorous tridactylus gilbertii) Interim Wildlife Management Guidelines (1995)
Start, A. N., & Burbidge, A. A. (1995). Gilbert’s potoroo (Potorous tridactylus gilbertii). Interim Wildlife Management Guidelines No 3. Perth, Australia: Department of Conservation and Land Management


Action Plans

The action plan for threatened Australian macropods
Roache, M. (2011). The action plan for threatened Australian macropods. WWF-Australia, Sydney: Australia.

The Action Plan for Australian Mammals 2012 *full text available from author on request*
Woinarski, J. C. Z., Burbidge, A. A. & Harrison, P. L. (2014). The Action Plan for Australian Mammals 2012. Collingwood, Victoria, CSIRO Publishing.

The 1996 Action Plan for Australian Marsupials and Monotremes
Maxwell, S., Burbidge, A. A. & Morris, K. (1996). The 1996 Action Plan for Australian Marsupials and Monotremes. Project 500, for the IUCN/SSC Australasian Marsupial and Monotreme Specialist Group of the World Conservation Union/Species Survival Commission. Endangered Species Program, Environment Australia, Canberra.

Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve: Management Plan 1995-2005
Orr, K., Gillen, K. & Danks, A. V. (1995). Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve: Management Plan 1995-2005. Department of Conservation and Land Management for the National Parks and Nature Conservation Authority.


Honours Theses

A diet study of Australia's most critically endangered mammal, Gilbert's Potoroo, Potorous gilbertii
Nguyen, V. (2000). A diet study of Australia's most critically endangered mammal, Gilbert's Potoroo, Potorous gilbertii (Marsupialia: Potoroidae). (Unpublished Honours thesis). Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.

Behaviour of Gilbert's Potoroo (Potorous gilbertii Gould) in captivity

Burke, K. D. (1998). Behaviour of Gilbert's Potoroo (Potorous gilbertii Gould) in captivity. (Unpublished Honours thesis). Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.

Microhabitat use by Gilbert's Potoroo (Potorous tridactylus gilbertii Gould) in relation to vegetation associations and ground cover

Vetten, S. (1996). Microhabitat use by Gilbert's Potoroo (Potorous tridactylus gilbertii Gould) in relation to vegetation associations and ground cover. (Unpublished Honours thesis). Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.

Historical References

An account of the Geographical distribution of the marsupials and monotremes of south-west Australia, having special reference to the specimens collected during the Balston Expedition of 1904-1907 *paywall*
Shortridge, G. C. (1910). An account of the Geographical distribution of the marsupials and monotremes of south-west Australia, having special reference to the specimens collected during the Balston Expedition of 1904-1907. Proceedings of the Zoological Society, 55, 803- 848.

The Mammals of Australia
Gould, J. (1863). The Mammals of Australia. London, UK: J. Gould.

Monograph of the Macropodidae or family of Kangaroos
Gould, J. (1841). Monograph of the Macropodidae or family of Kangaroos. London, UK: J. Gould.

Searches and Rediscovery

Our diminishing heritage – Potoroos
Anonymous (1976). Our diminishing heritage – Potoroos. S.W.A.N.S 6(1), 12-13

Rediscovery of Gilbert’s potoroo,Potorous tridactylus, in Western Australia. Australian Mammalogy
Sinclair, E. A., Danks, A., & Wayne, A. F. (1996). Rediscovery of Gilbert’s potoroo,Potorous tridactylus, in Western Australia. Australian Mammalogy, 19, 69-72.

Results of the search for the potoroo in south west and southcoast of Western Australia 1975/76
Start, A. & Kabay, E. (1976). Results of the search for the potoroo in south west and southcoast of Western Australia 1975/76. Woodvale, W.A.: Dept. of Fisheries &Wildlife. 

Diet

Fungi consumed by translocated Gilbert's potoroos (Potorous gilbertii) at two sites with contrasting vegetation, south coastal Western Australia
Bougher, N. L. & Friend, J. A. (2009). Fungi consumed by translocated Gilbert's potoroos (Potorous gilbertii) at two sites with contrasting vegetation, south coastal Western Australia. Australian Mammalogy 31: 97-105.

Gilbert's potoroo translocated to new areas find their fungi
Bougher, N. & Friend, T. (2009). Gilbert's potoroo translocated to new areas find their fungi. Information Sheet 4/2009

Endozoochory and the Australian bluebell: consumption of Billardiera fusiformis (Labill.) Payer seeds by three mammal species at Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, Western Australia
Cochrane, J. A, Friend, J. A., & Hill S. J. E. (2005). Endozoochory and the Australian bluebell: consumption of Billardiera fusiformis(Labill.) Payer seeds by three mammal species at Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, Western Australia. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 88, 191-196.

A quantitative dietary study of the ‘critically endangered’ Gilbert’s potoroo Potorous gilbertii
Nguyen, V. P. , Needham, A. D. , and Friend, J. A. (2005). A quantitative dietary study of the ‘critically endangered’ Gilbert’s potoroo Potorous gilbertii. Australian Mammalogy 27, 1–6.

A diet study of Australia's most critically endangered mammal, Gilbert's Potoroo, Potorous gilbertii (Marsupialia: Potoroidae)
Nguyen, V. (2000). A diet study of Australia's most critically endangered mammal, Gilbert's Potoroo, Potorous gilbertii (Marsupialia: Potoroidae). (Unpublished Honours thesis). Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.

Reproduction

Monitoring reproduction in the critically endangered marsupial, Gilbert’s potoroo (Potorous gilbertii): Preliminary analysis of faecal oestradiol-17β, cortisol and progestagens
Stead-Richardson. E., Bradshaw, D., Friend, T., & Fletcher, T. (2010). Monitoring reproduction in the critically endangered marsupial, Gilbert’s potoroo (Potorous gilbertii): Preliminary analysis of faecal oestradiol-17β, cortisol and progestagens. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 165(1), 155-162.

Cross-fostering and short-term pouch young isolation in macropod marsupials: implications for conservation and species management
Taggart, D. A., Schultz, D. J., Fletcher, T. P., Friend, J. A., Smith, I. G., Breed, W. G., & Temple-Smith, P. D. (2010). Cross-fostering and short-term pouch young isolation in macropod marsupials: implications for conservation and species management. In: G. Coulson and M. Eldridge (Eds.), Macropods: The biology of kangaroos, wallabies and rat-kangaroos (pp. 263-278). Collingwood, Victoria, CSIRO Publishing.

Long-nosed and Long-footed potoroos

Spatio-temporal interactions among male and female long-nosed potoroos, Potorous tridactylus (Marsupialia: Macropodoidea): mating system implications
Long, K. I. (2001). Spatio-temporal interactions among male and female long-nosed potoroos, Potorous tridactylus (Marsupialia: Macropodoidea): mating system implications. Australian Journal of Zoology, 49(1), 17-26.

Home range and microhabitat use by the long-footed potoroo, Potorous longipes *paywall*
Green, K., Mitchell, A. T., & Tennant, P. (1998). Home range and microhabitat use by the long-footed potoroo, Potorous longipes. Wildlife Research, 25(4), 357-372.  

Breeding of the Long-footed Potoroo, Potorous longipes (Marsupialia: Potoroidae), in the wild: behaviour, births and juvenile independence
Green, K. & Mitchell, A. T. (1997). Breeding of the Long-footed Potoroo, Potorous longipes (Marsupialia: Potoroidae), in the wild: behaviour, births and juvenile independence. Australian Mammalogy, 20, 1-7.

Fossil Distribution

A salvage excavation in Devil's Lair, Western Australia
Dortch, C., & Merrilees, D. (1971). A salvage excavation in Devil's Lair, Western Australia. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 54, 103-113.

The cave fossils of the South-West

Glauert, L. (1948). The cave fossils of the South-West. West Australian Naturalist, 1, 100-104.

Books and Book Chapters

Friend, J. A. (2008). Gilbert's Potoroo, Potorous gilbertii. In: S. Van Dyck and R. Strahan (eds), The mammals of Australia. Third Edition, (pp. 297-298). Sydney: Reed New Holland.

Ride, W.D.L. (1970). A Guide to the native mammals of Australia. Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

2020

New plan needed for environment (February 2020)

2019

Surprise find a rare delight (November 2019)

15 Animals Found Only in One Small Place (January 2019)

2018

Middle Island and Mondrain Island provide hope for endangered species (August 2018)

New lease on life for potoroo: the fight to save our rarest animal (June 2018)

Endangered Gilbert’s Potoroo hope (June 2018)

Top Ten Threatened (April 2018)

Last chance to study and name Australia’s vanishing species scientists warn MPs (April 2018)

Here is a lovely long list of cute animals which will be extinct in 20 years (April 2018)

Australia’s draft strategy for nature doesn’t cut it. Here are nine ways to fix it (March 2018)

Yes kangaroos are endangered but not the species you think (March 2018)

Wombats sharks, possums, frogs: Australia’s animals at risk of extinction (February 2018)

2017

Using people power to save the world’s rarest marsupial (April 2017)

Government needs to front up billions, not millions, to save Australia’s threatened species (March 2017)

Species teetering on the brink of extinction (February 2017)

Hunt for safe haven for world’s rarest marsupial continues (February 2017)

Wanted: new truffle island for rabbit sized kangaroos (February 2017) *behind pay wall*

Mini marsupial ‘is a bush fire away from extinction (February 2017) *behind pay wall*

2016

Bushfires are pushing species towards extinction (February 2016)

Coalition pledges $5 million to help threatened species (June 2016)

Protect the Potoroo (February 2016)

Exploring the last stronghold of Gilbert’s Potoroo (March 2016)

New Island Home boost hopes for Gilbert’s Potoroo (July 2016)

Endangered Gilbert’s potoroo added to the threatened species action plan (January 2016)

Extinction means more than a loss of species to Australia’s delicate ecosystems (February 2016)

Safe haven for rescued potoroos on WA isle (July 2016)

2015

Pythons prey on Australia’s rarest marsupial in south coast nature reserve (December 2015)

The habitat is gone’: Rare Gilbert’s Potoroo population ravaged by blaze (December 2015)

Gilbert’s Potoroo update (December 2015)

Fires send Gilbert’s Potoroo back to the brink (November 2015)

2014

Population of potoroo once thought extinct passes 100 (December 2014)

Australian endangered species: Gilbert’s Potoroo (February 2014)

Population of potoroo once thought extinct passes 100 (December 2014)

2012

Back from the dead: Gilbert’s Potoroo (September 2012)

2010

Potoroo thrive on island home (October 2010)

Links to Government Agencies

Department of the Environment

Website of the Australian Federal Government Department of the Environment

http://www.environment.gov.au/

Biodiversity

http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity

Threatened Species and Ecological Communities

http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened

Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research

The Centre's major function is to document the biological diversity of the Australian environment through establishing the taxonomic identity and relationships of native plants, their geographical distribution, and their ecological relationships.

http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/index.html

Truffle-like fungi in Australia Australian National Botanic Gardens:Fungi Web Site

The truffle-like fungi differ from the bulk of the fungi discussed on this website, in that the truffle-like fruiting bodies are generally produced underground...

http://www.anbg.gov.au/fungi/truffle-like.html

Links to Environmental/Conservation Organisations and Groups

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources: Since their inception, the IUCN Red Data Books and Red Lists have enjoyed an increasingly prominent role in guiding conservation activities of governments, NGOs and scientific institutions...

http://www.iucnredlist.org/

Potorous gilbertii

IUCN Red List entry for Gilbert's Potoroo.

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/18107/0

WWF Australia

We are a part of the WWF International Network - the world's largest independent conservation organisation...

http://www.wwf.org.au/

Threatened Species Network

The Threatened Species Network (TSN) has a rich history of community-based conservation work. Unfortunately, the government funding that made this program possible is no longer available.

http://www.wwf.org.au/news_resources/archives/threatened_species_network/

TSN Fact sheet: Gilbert's potoroo [01/10/2003]

Fact Sheet on Gilbert's Potoroo (Adobe Acrobat PDF format)

http://awsassets.wwf.org.au/downloads/sp005_fs_gilberts_potoroo_1oct03.pdf

The Australian Mammal Society

The Australian Mammal Society (AMS) is an interdisciplinary society of biologists whose common interest is in the biology and conservation of Australian mammals.

http://www.australianmammals.org.au/

Earthwatch Australia

Earthwatch engages people in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

http://www.earthwatch.org/australia/