Black-striped wallaby

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

The black-striped wallaby (Macropus dorsalis), also known as the scrub wallaby or eastern brush 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 Australian subspecies 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 a shy, nocturnal grazer and is not well-known, owing to its preference for thick scrub, where it may easily be hidden.[3]


  1. ^ Groves, C. P. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 64. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ Winter, J.; Burnett, S. & Menkhorst, P. (2008). "Macropus dorsalis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2008.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  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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