Black-striped wallaby

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Black-striped wallaby[1]
Black-striped wallaby.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae
Genus: Macropus
Species: M. dorsalis
Binomial name
Macropus dorsalis
(Gray, 1837)
Black-striped Wallaby.JPG
Black-striped wallaby range

The black-striped wallaby (Macropus dorsalis), also known as the scrub wallaby, is a medium-sized wallaby found in Australia, from Townsville in Queensland to Narrabri in New South Wales. In New South Wales it is only found west of the Great Dividing Range. It is decreasing in these areas, but is not classified as threatened as a species yet.[3] The New South Wales population, however, is classified as endangered.[4]

The black-striped wallaby resembles the mainland race of the red-necked wallaby, differing in the black line down its back, a white stripe over the hip and more red colouration (extending down the arms and further down the abdomen). It is shy, nocturnal grazer and is not well known, owing to its preference for thick scrub, where it may easily be hidden.[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. p. 64. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ Winter, J., Burnett, S. & Menkhorst, P. (2008). Macropus dorsalis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
  3. ^ a b Menkhorst, Peter (2001). A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Oxford University Press. p. 120. 
  4. ^ "NSW Department of Environment and Conservation Threatened Species". 

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