Red-legged pademelon

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Red-legged pademelon[1]
Thylogale stigmatica wilcoxi - Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria - Genoa, Italy - DSC02948.JPG
Thylogale stigmatica wilcoxi
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae
Genus: Thylogale
Species: T. stigmatica
Binomial name
Thylogale stigmatica
(Gould, 1860)
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Red-legged pademelon range

The red-legged pademelon (Thylogale stigmatica) is a species of small macropod found on the northeastern coast of Australia and in New Guinea. In Australia it has a scattered distribution from the tip of Cape York Peninsula in Queensland to around Tamworth in New South Wales.[3] In New Guinea it is found in south central lowlands.[4]

The red-legged pademelon is usually solitary but may group together when feeding.[5] It is found mostly in rainforest, where it is rarely seen, but it is not considered threatened.[2] In New South Wales, however, it is considered to be vulnerable.[6] It feeds on fallen fruit, leaves and grasses.[3] It weighs 2.5 to 7 kg and is 38–58 cm long with a 30–47 cm tail.[5]

There are four subspecies of the red-legged pademelon:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Groves, C. P. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M, eds. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 70. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ a b Burnett, S. & Ellis, M. (2008). Thylogale stigmatica. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 29 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. 134. 
  4. ^ a b Johnson, P.M. (1981). Red-legged Pademelon in The Complete Book of Australian Mammals (ed. Ronald Strahan). Angus & Robertson. p. 225. 
  5. ^ a b David Burnie & Don E. Wilson (eds), ed. (2005-09-19). Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's Wildlife (1st paperback edition ed.). Dorling Kindersley. p. 100. ISBN 0-7566-1634-4. 
  6. ^ New South Wales Department of Environment and Conservation. "Red-legged Pademelon - Profile". 

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