Checklist of the Terrestrial Vertebrate Fauna of Western Australia

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Taxonomic checklist of the terrestrial vertebrate fauna for Western Australia.

Download the latest version of the WA Checklist (2022) (updated May 2022) for the terrestrial vertebrate fauna of Western Australia. This handy Excel sheet can be modified to suit your needs or imported into other applications. Use the 'SORT' column to restore the list into taxonomic order. The file is a single Excel workbook, with separate sheets for amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Two written versions are available to download as PDFs - the Checklist of Birds of WA 2022 or a separate Checklist of the Birds of the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Please consider the environment before printing.

The changes from the 2022 May checklist are documented below and can also be downloaded in pdf format. Previous changes to the checklist (2012-2020) can be found in the documents at the bottom of the page.

A comprehensive update of the WA Checklist is released by the WA Museum every year or as necessary. The WA checklist (2022) contains revisions of the terrestrial vertebrate species of Western Australia and additional information on the conservation status of the WA fauna (provided by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions). 

The taxonomic changes are based on the work of the WA Museum's Terrestrial Zoology staff, and their many colleagues from around Australia and beyond. In the future, we will try to update the list as new taxonomic changes occur.

Bookmark this page, and keep visiting for the latest updated version.This page is updated twice a year, in April and October.

Please contact the relevant author of the specific list if you have any questions or comments.

 


Changes to the WA Museum Checklist from November 2021 (updated May 2022)

Reptiles and frogs

The agamid species Amphibolurus centralis Loveridge, 1933 has been added to the checklist. There are no WA Museum specimens in the collection, however, there is a single specimen from the Tanami Desert in the Queensland Museum collection that’s been verified.

 

Birds

Minor changes and amendments to the previous checklists (November 2021) have been carried out with reference mainly to the International Ornithological Committee (IOC checklist Version 12.1). A brief explanation is provided for changes. Where necessary, reasons for departing from the current IOC checklist are given, especially where the Western Australian Museum collection material and distributional data etc. differs. This information is given in the ‘Comments’ field of the spreadsheet and in the footnotes of the PDF version.

WA State checklist

Inclusion of comment that IOC has a draft proposal to split the Lesser Sand Plover into two species viz. Siberian Sand Plover and Tibetan Sand Plover, ref. Wei et al. (2021).

Inclusion of comment that IOC has a draft proposal to split Eastern Rockhopper Penguin from Southern Rockhopper Penguin, ref. Frugone et al. (2021).

Inclusion of comment that IOC has a draft proposal to split MacGillivray’s Prion from Salvin’s Prion, ref.Harrison et al. (2021) and Masello et al. (2022).

Revert vernacular name of Acrocephalus australis back to Australian Reed Warbler following IOC recommendation (was Australasian Reed Warbler).

Australian Zebra Finch Taeniopygia castanotis is split from (Sunda) Zebra Finch T. guttata based on differences in plumage, moderate mtDNA divergence and evidence of assortive mating in captivity (Olsson & Alström 2020).

Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands checklist

No changes since November 2021 issue.

 

Mammals

A taxonomic re-evaluation of the True’s Beaked Whale Mesoplodon mirus by Carroll et al. (2021) has revealed that the southern population, including Australia’s, is genetically distinct and warrant a separate species name. The southern population is now know as Ramari’s Beaked Whale Mesoplodon eueu.

Carroll E.L. et al. 2021. Speciation in the deep: genomics and morphology reveal a new species of beaked whale Mesoplodon eueu. Proc. R. Soc. B 288: 20211213.

https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2021.1213

 

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Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - May 2022.pdf495.51 KB
WA-Checklist-Terrestrial-Vertebrates-November 2021.xlsx1002.71 KB
2021 November changes.docx19.71 KB
Checklist of Birds of WA - November 2021.pdf698.01 KB
Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - November 2021.pdf498.83 KB
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Checklist of Birds of WA - June 2021.pdf692.58 KB
Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - June 2021.pdf570.05 KB
WA-Checklist-Terrestrial-Vertebrates-Nov 2020.xlsx1001.39 KB
2020, November, updated changes.pdf213.57 KB
Checklist of Birds of WA - November 2020.pdf709.71 KB
Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - November 2020.pdf467.47 KB
WA-Checklist-Terrestrial-Vertebrates-Apr 2020.xlsx329.57 KB
2020, April, updated changes.pdf89.63 KB
Checklist of Birds of WA - April 2020.pdf569.95 KB
Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - April 2020.pdf398.51 KB
WA-Checklist-Terrestrial-Vertebrates-Oct 2019.xlsx329.08 KB
2019, October, FINAL updated changes.pdf70.6 KB
Checklist of Birds of WA - October 2019.pdf523.05 KB
Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - October 2019.pdf350.24 KB
WA-Checklist-Terrestrial-Vertebrates- April 2019.xlsx296.41 KB
2019, updated changes.pdf128.36 KB
Checklist of Birds of WA - April 2019.pdf503.51 KB
Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - April 2019.pdf547.3 KB
WA-Checklist-Terrestrial-Vertebrates- 10 September 2018.xlsx276.91 KB
Changes-to-the-WAMuseum-Checklist-Sept-2018.pdf202.33 KB
Checklist of Birds of WA - September 2018.pdf502.12 KB
Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - September 2018.pdf547.35 KB
WA-Checklist-Terrestrial-Vertebrates- 16 April 2018.xlsx295.67 KB
Changes-to-the-WAMuseum-Checklist-Apr-2018.pdf124.98 KB
Checklist of Birds of WA - April 2018.pdf501.68 KB
Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - April 2018.pdf547.56 KB
WAMuseum-Checklist-Terrestrial-Vertebrates-11.10.2017.xlsx287.1 KB
Changes-to-the-WAMuseum-Checklist-Oct-2017.pdf88.33 KB
Checklist-of-Birds-of-Christmas-and-Cocos-(Keeling)-islands-August-2017.pdf543.24 KB
Checklist-of-Birds-of-WA-August-2017.pdf495.39 KB
Changes-to-WAMuseum-Checklist-August-2016.pdf178.49 KB
Changes to the WA Checklist 2015.pdf308.67 KB
Changes to the WA Checklist 2015b (Mammals).pdf92.46 KB
Changes to the WA Terrestrial Vertebrate checklist, 2012-2014.pdf155.16 KB