Rothschild's rock-wallaby

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Rothschild's rock-wallaby[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae
Genus: Petrogale
Species: P. rothschildi
Binomial name
Petrogale rothschildi
Thomas, 1904
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Rothschild's rock-wallaby range

Rothschild's rock-wallaby (Petrogale rothschildi), sometimes known as the Roebourne rock-wallaby, is a species of macropod found in Western Australia, in the Pilbara district and the Dampier Archipelago.[3] It is not currently considered to be threatened,[2] but is at risk from the red fox (Vulpes vulpes).[3]

Rothschild's rock-wallaby is one of the largest rock-wallabies, and also one of the most attractive. It is mostly a golden-brown colour with a greyish wash down its neck, which often has a purple appearance. It is a mostly nocturnal grass-eater found mostly around rocky ground.[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. 68. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ a b Morris, K. & Burbidge, A. (2008). Petrogale rothschildi. 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 c Menkhorst, Peter (2001). A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Oxford University Press. p. 128.