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Encyclopedia > Matschie's Tree Kangaroo
Huon Tree Kangaroo
Conservation status: Endangered
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae
Genus: Dendrolagus
Species: D. matschiei
Binomial name
Dendrolagus matschiei
Forster & Rothschild, 1907

The Huon Tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei), also known as Matschie's Tree-kangaroo belongs to the family Macropodidae, which includes about 55 species of kangaroos. It also belongs to the genus Dendrolagus, which includes around 10 species of tree kangaroo. The tree kangaroo lived in the Huon Peninsula of North Eastern New Guinea, South America. Under the IUCN classification, Huon Tree-kangaroos are Endangered. Scientific classification or biological classification is how biologists group and categorize extinct and living species of organisms. ... Phyla Porifera (sponges) Ctenophora (comb jellies) Cnidaria (coral, jellyfish, anenomes) Placozoa (trichoplax) Subregnum Bilateria (bilateral symmetry) Acoelomorpha (basal) Orthonectida (flatworms, echinoderms, etc. ... Typical Classes Subphylum Urochordata - Tunicatas Ascidiacea Thaliacea Larvacea Subphylum Cephalochordata - Lancelets Subphylum Myxini - Hagfishes Subphylum Vertebrata - Vertebrates Petromyzontida - Lampreys Placodermi (extinct) Chondrichthyes - Cartilaginous fishes Acanthodii (extinct) Actinopterygii - Ray-finned fishes Actinistia - Coelacanths Dipnoi - Lungfishes Amphibia - Amphibians Reptilia - Reptiles Aves - Birds Mammalia - Mammals Chordates (phylum Chordata) include the vertebrates, together with... Orders Subclass Multituberculata (extinct) Plagiaulacida Cimolodonta Subclass Palaeoryctoides (extinct) Subclass Triconodonta (extinct) Subclass Eutheria (includes extinct ancestors)/Placentalia (excludes extinct ancestors) Afrosoricida Artiodactyla Carnivora Cetacea Chiroptera Cimolesta (extinct) Creodonta (extinct) Condylarthra (extinct) Dermoptera Desmostylia (extinct) Embrithopoda (extinct) Hyracoidea Insectivora Lagomorpha Litopterna (extinct) Macroscelidea Mesonychia (extinct) Notoungulata (extinct) Perissodactyla Pholidota Plesiadapiformes... Orders Superorder Ameridelphia Didelphimorphia Paucituberculata Superorder Australidelphia Microbiotheria Dasyuromorphia Peramelemorphia Notoryctemorphia Diprotodontia Marsupials are mammals in which the female typically has a pouch (called the marsupium, from which the name Marsupial derives) in which it rears its young through early infancy. ... Suborders Vombatiformes Phalangeriformes Macropodiformes Diprotodontia is a large taxon of about 120 marsupial mammals including the kangaroos, wallabies, possums, Koala, wombats, and many others. ... Genera See text Macropods are marsupials belonging to the family Macropodidae, which includes kangaroos, wallabies, tree kangaroos, pademelons, and several others. ... Species About 9; see text. ... In biology, binomial nomenclature refers to the formal method of naming species. ... Lionel Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild (February 8, 1868 - August 27, 1937) was a British banker and zoologist from the international Rothschild financial dynasty. ... Genera See text Macropods are marsupials belonging to the family Macropodidae, which includes kangaroos, wallabies, tree kangaroos, pademelons, and several others. ... The World Conservation Union or International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) is an international organization dedicated to natural resource conservation. ... An endangered species is a species whose population is so small that it is in danger of becoming extinct. ...

The scientific name honours German biologist Paul Matschie. Paul Matschie (1861 - 1926) was a German zoologist. ...


Tree kangaroos are around 37-73 inches (about 94-181 cm).

An adult male weighs between 20-25 lbs. (9.1-11.4 kg). An adult female weighs between 15-20 lbs. (6.8-9.1 kg) The term adult describes any mature organism, but normally it refers to a human: one that is no longer a child / minor and is now either a man or a woman. ...

The life span of the tree kangaroo is the wild is unknown, but is at least 14 years. The life span of the kangaroo in a zoo is about 20 years. Life span is one of the most important parameters of any living organism. ...

Habitat and behaviour

Tree Kangaroos live in the mountainous rainforests at elevations of between 1000 - 3300m. The kangaroo tends to live either alone or with very small groups, usually comprising of just a mother, joey and a male. They spend most of their time in the trees and come down occasionally to feed. They are very adept at hopping and can leap up to 30 feet. A rainforest is a forested biome with high annual rainfall. ... A wallaby with her joey A joey is any infant marsupial. ...

There is no particular season in which they breed. Gestation lasts 32 days and joeys of captive bred individuals leave the pouch after 13 ½ months. Gestation is the carrying of an embryo or fetus inside a female viviparous animal. ...

Instead of sweating, tree kangaroos lick their forearms and allow the evaporation to help cool their bodies.


In the wild they will usually feed on leaves, fruits and mosses. When kept in zoos, they feed on apples, carrots, yams, corn on the cob, celery, kale/romaine, high fibre monkey biscuits, tofu, hard boiled eggs, various types of browse (elm, willow, etc.)



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