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North Queensland Naturalist 48 (2018): 39-45


The Water Mouse, Xeromys myoides, is confined to the coastal zone of Queensland and the Northern Territory, Australia and Papua New Guinea. There is a knowledge gap on the distribution of the species between the most northern records for the species at Airlie Beach, Queensland and East Arnhem, Northern Territory. Two sites were surveyed in Cairns with remote cameras and Elliott traps. Three cameras captured images of water mice and remains from one predated specimen were found at one of the two survey sites. This survey confirms the presence of a population of Xeromys myoides in Cairns, Queensland, thereby significantly extending the known distribution of the species in Queensland.

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