Proserpine rock-wallaby

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Proserpine rock-wallaby[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae
Genus: Petrogale
P. persephone
Binomial name
Petrogale persephone
Maynes, 1982
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Proserpine rock-wallaby range

The Proserpine rock-wallaby (Petrogale persephone) is a species of rock-wallaby restricted to a small area in Conway National Park, Dryander National Park, Gloucester Island National Park, and around the town of Airlie Beach, all in Whitsunday Shire in Queensland, Australia. It is a threatened species, being classified by the IUCN as endangered.[2]

The Proserpine rock-wallaby is mostly grey in colour and is a timid grass-eater that rarely ventures far from rock shelter.[3] It is distinguished from the many other rock wallabies found in northeastern Queensland by its larger size and longer tail, tipped with white. It was unknown to science until 1977, when a single individual was captured after farmers at Proserpine had spoken of a strange form of rock wallaby in the area.[4]

The Proserpine rock-wallaby is found only in a relatively intensively-settled area, but it is in competition with other more successful rock-wallaby species, which competition is probably responsible for its threatened status.[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. 68. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ a b Burnett, S.; Winter, J. (2019). "Petrogale persephone". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2019: e.T16747A21955635. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-1.RLTS.T16747A21955635.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  3. ^ Menkhorst, Peter (2001). A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Oxford University Press. p. 132.
  4. ^ Karl Shuker; Gerald Durrell (1993). Lost Ark: New and Rediscovered Animals of the Twentieth Century. HarperCollins Publishers. p. 81. ISBN 0-00-219943-2.
  5. ^ Maynes & Sharman, G.M. & G.B. (1981). Proserpine Rock-wallaby in The Complete Book of Australian Mammals Ronald Strahan) (ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 220. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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