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Elected representatives in government are in charge of the policy and funding that can make or break saving threatened species. Their decisions and actions matter.

Maranoa has or used to have 59 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the Plains Rat.

We took care to attach appropriate images that are as close to representative of each species as our resources and the availability of images allowed. However, we could not ensure perfect accuracy in every case. Some images show species that share the same genus but not at the species or subspecies level.

Photo of Plains Rat

Plains Rat

Pseudomys australis

Status: Vulnerable

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) lists threatened species under six categories:
Extinct, Extinct in the wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Conservation dependent. Read more about these categories

Pseudomys australis is found across 3 electorates.

The Plains Rat is a small rodent with thick, soft, silver-grey fur above; white to cream underneath; and with relatively large ears. This species grows to 14 cm long and weighs up to 80 g. Its tail is brown to grey and grows to 12 cm long and ends in a white tip.¹

Explore more about this species on the Atlas of Living Australia

Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradationHabitat loss, fragmentation and degradation

Invasive species and diseasesInvasive species and diseases

Explore more about the threats facing species on our Resources page.

Maranoa has or used to have 98 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the Plains Rat but they're just as important.

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