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Central Rock Rat
Scientific Name: Zyzomys pedunculatus
Date Listed as Endangered: June 14, 1976
Central rock rat or Zyzomys pedunculatus belongs to the five species of
rock rats found in the northern part of Australia. It is considered as
extinct until its rediscovery in 1996. Central rock rats has thick
yellow-brown fur on the upper side and lighter on the lower part. They
often grow stocky and weigh around 70 to 120 grams (2.5 to 4.2 ounces).
Their length ranges from 10 to 15 cm (4.2 to 5.9 inches).
Central rock rats are believed to be nocturnal. They feed on seeds of
grasses, forbs, shrubs and insects. The existence of rock rats has been
threatened however the threat is not formally identified. It is believed
that it is due to loss of habitat caused by forest fires and
Some central rock rats are kept in the West MacDonnell National Park
where they are prepared for a captive breeding program.