IN SEARCH OF THE NORTHERN HOPPING-MOUSE

Northern hopping-mouse (Notomys aquilo)
Photo: Paul Barden

SURVEYS FOR THE NORTHERN HOPPING-MOUSE (NOTOMYS AQUILO) ON MAINLAND ARNHEM LAND AND GROOTE EYLANDT

Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM) has been contracted under the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program to deliver a project that will improve knowledge of the distribution of the northern hopping-mouse, identify threats to the species, and identify habitat condition at known, and historic records of the species.

 

TNRM has formed collaborative partnerships with Indigenous ranger groups and Traditional Owners on Groote Eylandt and mainland Arnhem Land.

  • Better describe northern hopping-mouse population distribution through targeted surveys by:

    • Conducting aerial and ground-based surveys for signs of the species

    • Setting camera traps at pop holes near spoil heaps to confirm presence of northern hopping-mice
       

  • Conduct habitat assessments by:

    • Undertaking vegetation surveys to assess habitat condition
       

  • Inform conservation by:

    • Using knowledge gained from surveys to inform conservation advice and plan for threat management

ABOUT THE NORTHERN HOPPING-MOUSE

The northern hopping-mouse (Notomys aquilo) is a native Australian rodent with bulging eyes, big ears, a long tail and huge feet which it hops around on like a miniature kangaroo.

 

Females of the species construct underground burrows of 2 to 5 metres in length, leaving behind a pile of soil known as a “spoil heap” and creating 2 to 6 burrow entrance holes known as “pop holes”. Surveys for the species involve looking for spoil heaps and pop holes and setting camera traps to capture images of the mice.

 

SAVING THE SPECIES

The northern hopping-mouse is the only hopping-mouse that occurs outside of the arid zone and is listed as Vulnerable in the Northern Territory.

 

It has not been recorded on the mainland in decades and Groote Eylandt may now be the only place they persist in open woodlands on sandy soil and coastal dunes.

Djelk Rangers of Maningrida, NT

Addressing the NT NRM Plan

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