Macropus

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Macropus[1]
Eastern grey kangaroo dec07 02.jpg
Eastern grey kangaroo
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae
Subfamily: Macropodinae
Genus: Macropus
Shaw, 1790
Type species
Macropus giganteus
Species

13 species, see text.

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Species density of the genus Macropus

Macropus is a marsupial genus in the family Macropodidae. It has thirteen extant species, which are divided into three subgenera. The genus includes all terrestrial kangaroos, wallaroos, and several species of wallaby. The term is derived from the Ancient Greek μάκρος, makros "long" and πους, pous "foot". Eleven extinct species are recognised. The type species is the eastern grey kangaroo.

Taxonomy[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Groves, C. P. (2005). "Order Diprotodontia". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 63–66. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.