Macropus

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

13 species, see text.

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Species density of the Macropus genus

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

Taxonomy[edit]

References[edit]

  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. pp. 58–70. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.