Perameles bowensis

Perameles bowensis is an extinct Pliocene-aged species of bandicoot. Fossils have been found in the Wellington Caves of New South Wales.[1] The bandicoot was about 20 centimeters long.[2] It is believed to have gone extinct in the Late Pliocene.

Perameles bowensis
Temporal range: Pliocene
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Peramelemorphia
Family: Peramelidae
Genus: Perameles
P. bowensis
Binomial name
Perameles bowensis
Muirhead, Dawson, and Archer 1997

It is probably most closely related to P. sobbei, a Pleistocene-aged bandicoot from Queensland.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Muirhead, J., Dawson, L. & Archer, M. 1997. Perameles bowensis, a new species of Perameles (Peramelomorphia, Marsupialia) from Pliocene faunas of Bow and Wellington caves, New South Wales. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 17, 163–174.
  2. ^ a b Australian Museum
  3. ^ Price, G. J. 2002. Perameles sobbei, sp. nov. (Marsupialia, Peramelidae), a Pleistocene bandicoot from the Darling Downs, south-eastern Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 48, 193-197.
  4. ^ Price, G. J. 2005. Fossil bandicoots (Marsupialia, Peramelidae) and environmental change during the Pleistocene on the Darling Downs, southeastern Queensland, Australia. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 4, 347-356.