Dusky pademelon

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Dusky pademelon[1]
Thylogale brunii Gould.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae
Genus: Thylogale
T. brunii
Binomial name
Thylogale brunii
(Schreber, 1778)
Dusky Pademelon area.png
Dusky Pademelon range
(brown — extant, orange — possibly extinct)

The dusky pademelon or dusky wallaby (Thylogale brunii) is a species of marsupial in the family Macropodidae. It is found in the Aru and Kai islands and the Trans-Fly savanna and grasslands ecoregion of New Guinea. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, dry savanna, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, and subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland. It is threatened by habitat loss.[2]


The scientific name of this pademelon honors Cornelis de Bruijn, the Dutch painter who first described it in the second volume of his Travels, originally published in 1711. There de Bruijn labeled his description with a common name then current, philander (“friend of man”). A later common name was the Aru Island wallaby.[3][4]

It is known as kutwal (or kotwal) in the Kalam language of Papua New Guinea.[5]


  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. 69. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ a b Leary, T.; Seri, L.; Flannery, T.; Wright, D.; Hamilton, S.; Helgen, K.; Singadan, R.; Menzies, J.; Allison, A. & James, R. (2008). "Thylogale brunii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
  3. ^ Livius.org on Cornelis de Bruijn, by Jona Lendering.
  4. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Filander" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  5. ^ Pawley, Andrew and Ralph Bulmer. 2015. A Dictionary of Kalam with Ethnographic Notes. Canberra. Pacific Linguistics.

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