Antilopine kangaroo

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Antilopine kangaroo[1]
Macropus antilopinus (female) - Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria - Genoa, Italy - DSC02920.JPG
Antilopine kangaroo (female)
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae
Genus: Macropus
Species: M. antilopinus
Binomial name
Macropus antilopinus
(Gould, 1842)
Antilopine Kangaroo.jpg
Antilopine kangaroo range

The antilopine kangaroo (Macropus antilopinus), sometimes called the antilopine wallaroo or the antilopine wallaby, is a species of macropod found in northern Australia: in Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, the Top End of the Northern Territory, and the Kimberley region of Western Australia. It is a locally common, gregarious grazer.[3]

The name antilopine means antelope-like. The antilopine kangaroo is sometimes referred to as the 'Antilopine wallaroo', but in behavior and habitat is more similar to the Red and Grey kangaroos.

The antilopine kangaroo is one of a few macropods to display sexual dimorphism, with the male being mostly a reddish color above, and females being considerably greyer. It is one of the largest macropods, being only slightly smaller than the red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) and the eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Groves, C. P. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M, eds. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 63–64. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ Woinarski, J., Ritchie, E. & Winter, J. (2008). Macropus antilopinus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 30 December 2008.
  3. ^ a b Menkhorst, Peter (2001). A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Oxford University Press. p. 110. 

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