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CAVS: 1168

Species Lasiorhinus latifrons (Owen, 1845)

Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat

Generic Combinations

  • Lasiorhinus latifrons (Owen, 1845).




South Australia, Western Australia

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


SA, WA: Eyre Yorke Block (EYB), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Gawler (GAW), Hampton (HAM), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Nullarbor (NUL)

Ecological Descriptors

Burrower, folivore, gregarious, low open shrubland, low shrubland, nocturnal, sedentary, terrestrial.

Extra Ecological Information



General References

Barboza, P.S. 1993. Effects of restricted water intake on digestion, urea cycling and renal functioning in wombats (Marsupialia: Vombatidae) from contrasting habitats. Australian Journal of Zoology 41: 527-536

Barboza, P.S. & Hume, I.D. 1992. Hindgut fermentation in the wombats - two marsupial grazers. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 162: 561-566

Dawson, L. 1983. The taxonomic status of small fossil wombats (Vombatidae: Marsupialia) from Quaternary deposits, and of related modern wombats. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 107: 99-121

Flösser, R. 1984. Behavioural aspects of the hairy-nosed wombat, Lasiorhinus latifrons (Owen, 1845) in its natural environment in South Australia. Säugetierkundliche Mitteilungen 31: 113-121

Gaughwin, M.D. 1982. Southern hairy-nosed wombat Lasiorhinus latifrons: its maintenance, behaviour and reproduction in captivity. pp. 144-155 in Evans, D.D. (ed.). The Management of Australian Mammals in Captivity. Proceedings of the Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society, Healesville, Victoria, February 1979. Melbourne : Zoological Board of Victoria 194 pp.

Gaughwin, M.D., Judson,G.J., Macfarlane, W.V. & Siebert, B.D. 1984. Effect of drought on the health of wild hairy-nosed wombats, Lasiorhinus latifrons. Australian Wildlife Research 11: 455-463

Jackson, S.M. 2003. Wombats. pp. 183-203 in Jackson, S.M. (ed.). Australian Mammals: Biology and Captive Management. Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing.

McAllan, B.M., Roberts, J.R. & Barboza, P. 1995. The kidney structure of the common wombat (Vombatus ursinus) and the hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons). Australian Journal of Zoology 43: 181-191

Nakajima, K, & Townsend, G.A. 1994. A morphometric study of the skulls of two species of wombats (Vombatus ursinus and Lasiorhinus latifrons). Australian Mammalogy 17: 65-72

Scott, G.G., Richardson, K.C. & Groves, C.P. 1989. Skull morphometrics of Lasiorhinus latifrons (Owen, 1845) (Marsupialia: Vombatidae). Records of the South Australian Museum (Adelaide) 23: 1-5

St John, B.J. & Saunders, G.M. 1989. Plan of management for the hairy-nosed wombat in South Australia. Adelaide : Dept of Environment and Planning, S.A. 88 pp.

Wells, R.T. 1978. Thermoregulation and activity rhythms in the Hairy-nosed Wombat, Lasiorhinus latifrons (Owen) (Vombatidae). Australian Journal of Zoology 26: 639-651

Wells, R.T. 1989. Vombatidae. pp. 755-768 in Walton, D.W. & Richardson, B.J. (eds). Fauna of Australia. Mammalia. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service Vol. 1B 827 pp.

Wells, R.T. 1995. Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat Lasiorhinus latifrons. pp. 202-203 in Strahan, R. (ed.). The Mammals of Australia: The National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Sydney : Reed New Holland 756 pp.

Wells, R.T. & Pridmore, P.A. (eds) 1998. Wombats. Chipping Norton : Surrey Beatty 332 pp.

Woolnough, A.P., Foley, W.J., Johnson, C.N. & Evans, M. 1997. Evaluation of techniques for indirect measurement of body composition in a free-ranging large herbivore, the southern hairy-nosed wombat. Wildlife Research 1997: 649-660


Common Name References

ABRS 2001. Census of Australian Vertebrates. Australian Biological Resources Study. (Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
29-Oct-2010 29-Oct-2010 MOVED
12-Feb-2010 (import)