Mount Claro rock-wallaby
|Mount Claro rock-wallaby|
Eldridge & Close, 1992
|Mount Claro rock wallaby range|
The Mount Claro rock-wallaby (Petrogale sharmani), also known as Sharman's rock-wallaby, is a species of rock-wallaby found in northeastern Queensland, Australia. It is a member of a group of seven very closely related species also including Godman's rock-wallaby (P. godmani) and Herbert's rock-wallaby (P. herberti).
It measures 43 to 53 cm high, and its tail is about 50 cm. It weighs 3.6 to 4.8 kg. The upper body is grayish-brown, There is very little difference about this species and the six other species of petrogales found in this region; the difference were made only by genetic studies (it has 20 chromosomes). It is the smallest of the genus and one of the rarest.
It feeds on grass shoots, fruits, seeds and flowers by hand-feeding.
- 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. 68–69. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.
- Winter, J., Burnett, S. & Martin, R. (2008). Petrogale sharmani. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 29 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is listed as near threatened
- Menkhorst, Peter (2001). A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Oxford University Press. p. 130.
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