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Wombats[1]
Fossil range: Pleistocene to Recent
Common Wombat in the snow
Common Wombat in the snow
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Suborder: Vombatiformes
Family: Vombatidae
Burnett, 1829
Genera and Species
  • Vombatus
  • Lasiorhinus
    • Lasiorhinus latifrons
    • Lasiorhinus krefftii
  • Rhizophascolomus
  • Phascolonus
  • Warendja
  • Ramasayia

Wombats are Australian marsupials; they are short-legged, muscular quadrupeds, approximately one metre (39 inches) in length with a very short tail. They are found in forested, mountainous, and heathland areas of south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. The name wombat comes from the Eora Aboriginal community who were the original human inhabitants of the Sydney area. Look up wombat in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Pleistocene epoch (IPA: ) on the geologic timescale is the period from 1,808,000 to 11,550 years BP. The Pleistocene epoch had been intended to cover the worlds recent period of repeated glaciations. ... Image File history File links Vombatus_ursinus_(Wombat_in_snow). ... Scientific classification redirects here. ... For other uses, see Animal (disambiguation). ... Classes See below Chordates (phylum Chordata) are a group of animals that includes the vertebrates, together with several closely related invertebrates. ... Subclasses & Infraclasses Subclass †Allotheria* Subclass Prototheria Subclass Theria Infraclass †Trituberculata Infraclass Metatheria Infraclass Eutheria For the folk-rock band see The Mammals. ... 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. ... Families Phascolarctidae Vombatidae Vombatiformes is one of the two suborders of the large marsupial order Diprotodontia. ... Gilbert Thomas Burnett (1800 - 1835) was a British botanist. ... For other uses, see Genus (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Species (disambiguation). ... Binomial name Vombatus ursinus (Shaw, 1800) The Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) is one of three species of wombat and the only one in the Vombatus genus. ... Binomial name Vombatus ursinus (Shaw, 1800) The Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) is one of three species of wombat and the only one in the Vombatus genus. ... Binomial name (Owen, 1845) The Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons) is one of three species of wombats. ... Binomial name (Owen, 1873) The Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii), also known as the Yaminon, is one of three species of wombats. ... Binomial name Phascolonus was a genus of marsupial related to the wombat, foe which it also had a physical resemblance. ... This article is about mammals. ... The Zebra is an example of a quadruped. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... A scorpion tail The tail is the section at the rear end of an animals body; in general, the term refers to a distinct, flexible appendage to the torso. ... Slogan or Nickname: Island of Inspiration; The Apple Isle; Holiday Isle Motto(s): Ubertas et Fidelitas (Fertility and Faithfulness) Other Australian states and territories Capital Hobart Government Constitutional monarchy Governor William Cox Premier Paul Lennon (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 5  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product... Portrait of Bennelong, senior man of the Eora / Dharawal tribe The traditional owners of the inner Sydney City region of Australia are the Cadigal people. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ...

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Characteristics

Wombats dig extensive burrow systems with rodent-like front teeth and powerful claws. Although mainly crepuscular and nocturnal, wombats will also venture out to feed on cool or overcast days. They are not as commonly seen as many animals, but leave ample evidence of their passage, treating fences as a minor inconvenience to be gone through or under and leaving distinctive cubic scat. Adult Firefly or Lightning Bug – a Crepuscular Beetle Photuris lucicrescens Crepuscular is a term used to describe animals that are primarily active during the twilight. ... A nocturnal animal is one that sleeps during the day and is active at night - the opposite of the human (diurnal) schedule. ... For other uses, see Animal (disambiguation). ... In medicine and biology, scatology or coprology is the study of feces. ...


Wombats are herbivores, their diet consisting mostly of grasses, sedges, herbs, bark and roots. Their incisor teeth somewhat resemble those of the placental rodents, being adapted for gnawing tough vegetation, as well as for digging tunnels. Like many other herbivorous mammals, they have a large diastema between the incisors and the cheek teeth, which are relatively simple. The dental formula of wombats is: A deer and two fawns feeding on some foliage A herbivore is often defined as any organism that eats only plants[1]. By that definition, many fungi, some bacteria, many animals, about 1% of flowering plants and some protists can be considered herbivores. ... In nutrition, the diet is the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism. ... Subfamilies There are 7 subfamilies: Subfamily Arundinoideae Subfamily Bambusoideae Subfamily Centothecoideae Subfamily Chloridoideae Subfamily Panicoideae Subfamily Pooideae Subfamily Stipoideae The true grasses are monocotyledonous plants (Class Liliopsida) in the Family Poaceae, also known as Gramineae. ... Genera See text The Family Cyperaceae, or the Sedge family, is a taxon of monocot flowering plants that superficially resemble grasses or rushes. ... For other uses, see Herb (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Bark (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Root (disambiguation). ... Incisors (from Latin incidere, to cut) are the first kind of tooth in heterodont mammals. ... Suborders Sciuromorpha Castorimorpha Myomorpha Anomaluromorpha Hystricomorpha Rodentia is an order of mammals also known as rodents, characterised by two continuously-growing incisors in the upper and lower jaws which must be kept short by gnawing. ... Diastema is a gap or space between two teeth. ... Incisors (from Latin incidere, to cut) are the first kind of tooth in heterodont mammals. ...

Dentition
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Dingos and Tasmanian Devils prey on wombats. Their fur colour can vary from a sandy colour to brown, or from grey to black. Each of the species is around a metre in length and weighs between 20 and 35 kg (44 to 77 pounds). Dentition is the development of teeth and their arrangement in the mouth. ... For other uses, see Dingo (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Tasmanian Devil (disambiguation). ... Kg redirects here. ...


Female wombats give birth to a single young in the spring, after a gestation period lasting 26-28 days.[citation needed] They have a well-developed pouch, which the young leave after about 6-7 months. Wombats are weaned after 15 months, and are sexually mature at 18 months of age.[2] Gestation is the carrying of an embryo or fetus inside a female viviparous animal. ... Kangaroo Joey inside the pouch The pouch is a distinguishing feature of marsupials; the name marsupial is derived from the Latin marsupium, meaning pouch. ... A breastfeeding infant Breastfeeding is the practice of a woman feeding an infant (or sometimes a toddler or a young child) with milk produced from her mammary glands, usually directly from the nipples. ...


Ecology and behavior

Wombats have an extraordinarily slow metabolism, taking around 14 days to complete digestion, which aids their survival in arid conditions.[2] They generally move slowly, but when threatened they can reach up to 40 km/h and maintain that speed for up to 90 seconds.[citation needed] Wombats defend home territories centered on their burrows, and react aggressively to intruders. The Common Wombat occupies a range of up to 23 hectares (57 acres), while the hairy-nosed species have much smaller ranges, of no more than 4 hectares (10 acres).[2] Structure of the coenzyme adenosine triphosphate, a central intermediate in energy metabolism. ... For the industrial process, see anaerobic digestion. ...


When attacked, they can summon immense reserves of strength; one defense of a wombat against a predator underground is to crush it against the roof of the tunnel, thus suffocating the animal.[citation needed] Its primary defense is its toughened rear hide with most of the posterior made of cartilage. This, combined with its lack of a meaningful tail, makes it difficult for any predator that follows the wombat into its tunnel to bite and injure its target. The English word POSTERIOR is identical to the original Latin adjective, and has two different uses : as an ADJECTIVE, it indicates that someone or something is behind another, either spatially or chronologically it also became a SUBSTANTIVE, indicating the rear-end, especially of a person, i. ... Cartilage is a type of dense connective tissue. ...


Evolution

Wombats, like all the larger living marsupials, are part of the Diprotodontia. The ancestors of modern wombats evolved sometime between 55 and 26 million years ago (no useful fossil record has yet been found for this period). About 11 species flourished well into the ice ages. Among the several rhinoceros-sized Giant Wombat (Diprotodon) species was the largest marsupial to have ever lived. The earliest human inhabitants of Australia arrived while diprotodons were still common. The Aborigines are believed to have brought about their extinction through hunting, habitat alteration, or probably both. Suborders Vombatiformes Phalangeriformes Macropodiformes Diprotodontia is a large taxon of about 120 marsupial mammals including the kangaroos, wallabies, possums, Koala, wombats, and many others. ... For other uses, see Fossil (disambiguation). ... Variations in CO2, temperature and dust from the Vostok ice core over the last 400 000 years For the animated movie, see Ice Age (movie). ... For other uses, see Rhinoceros (disambiguation). ... Species Diprotodon opatum Diprotodon minor Diprotodon loderi Diprotodon annextans Cast of a Diprotodon skeleton at Queensland Museum. ... Australian Aborigines are the main indigenous people of Australia. ...


Species

There are three living species of wombat:[1]

  • Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus)
  • Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons)
  • Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat or Yaminon[citation needed] (Lasiorhinus krefftii)

Binomial name Vombatus ursinus (Shaw, 1800) The Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) is one of three species of wombat and the only one in the Vombatus genus. ... Binomial name (Owen, 1845) The Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons) is one of three species of wombats. ... Binomial name (Owen, 1873) The Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii), also known as the Yaminon, is one of three species of wombats. ...

Wombats and humans

They can be awkwardly tamed in a captive situation, and even coaxed into being patted and held, possibly becoming quite friendly. Many parks, zoos and other tourist set-ups across Australia have wombats on public display, and are quite popular. However, their lack of fear means that they may display acts of aggression if provoked, or if they are simply in a bad mood. Its sheer weight makes a charging wombat capable of knocking an average-sized man over, and their sharp teeth and powerful jaws can result in severe wounds. The naturalist Harry Frauca once received a bite 2 cm deep into the flesh of his leg—through a rubber boot, trousers and thick woollen socks (Underhill, 1993). Harry Frauca (born 1928) is an Australian naturalist, writer and photographer. ...


When wombats are kept illegally as pets by people living in rural areas, they can often become a danger to humans. Once the wombat becomes confident in human company, it may lose its fear of humans altogether. This may result in the wombat approaching and attacking a person, which has happened several times in past years[when?]. Currently[when?], in central New South Wales, a wombat that once belonged to an elderly woman who passed away is becoming a serious danger to people, as it regularly attacks them when they come into its territory.[3]


Gallery

Further reading

  • The Death of a Wombat, Ivan Smith, drawings by Clifton Pugh, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973, hardcover, 62 pages, ISBN 0-684-13538-8. A humble wombat meets a tragic end during a fire.
  • Wombats, Barbara Triggs, Houghton Mifflin Australia Pty, 1990, ISBN 0-86770-114-5. Facts and photographs of wombats for children.
  • The Wombat: Common Wombats in Australia, Barbara Triggs, University of New South Wales Press, 1996, ISBN 0-86840-263-X.
  • The Secret Life of Wombats, James Woodford, Text Publishing, 2002, ISBN 1-877008-43-5.

References

  1. ^ a b Groves, Colin (16 November 2005). in Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds): Mammal Species of the World, 3rd edition, Johns Hopkins University Press, 43-44. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. 
  2. ^ a b c McIlroy, John (1984). in Macdonald, D.: The Encyclopedia of Mammals. New York: Facts on File, 876-877. ISBN 0-87196-871-1. 
  3. ^ http://www.marsupialsociety.org/members/01wi05.html

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Binomial name (Waterhouse, 1846) Synonyms Pseudocheirus canescens (Waterhouse, 1846) The Lowland Ringtail Possum (Pseudochirulus canescens) is a species of marsupial in the Pseudocheiridae family. ... Binomial name Thomas, 1921 The Weyland Ringtail Possum (Pseudochirulus caroli) is a species of marsupial in the Pseudocheiridae family. ... Binomial name Pseudochirulus cinereus Tate, 1945 The Cinereus Ringtail Possum (Pseudochirulus cinereus), also known as the Daintree River Ringtail Possum, is a species of possum found in northeastern Queensland, Australia. ... Binomial name (Thomas, 1887) Synonyms Pseudocheirus forbesi (Thomas, 1887) The Moss-forest Ringtail Possum or Painted Ringtail Possum (Pseudochirulus forbesi) is a species of marsupial in the Pseudocheiridae family. ... Binomial name Pseudochirulus herbertensis (Collett, 1884) The Herbert River Ringtail Possum (Pseudochirulus herbertensis) is a species of possum found in northeastern Queensland, Australia. ... Binomial name (Rothschild & Dollman, 1932) Synonyms Pseudocheirus mayeri (Rothschild & Dollman, 1932) The Pygmy Ringtail Possum (Pseudochirulus mayeri) is a species of marsupial in the Pseudocheiridae family. ... Binomial name (Jentink, 1884) Synonyms Pseudochirulus schlegeli (Jentink, 1884) The Vogelkop Ringtail Possum (Pseudochirulus schlegeli) is a species of marsupial in the Pseudocheiridae family. ... Species Pseudochirops albertisii Pseudochirops archeri Pseudochirops corinnae Pseudochirops coronatus Pseudochirops cupreus Pseudochirops is a genus of marsupial in the Pseudocheiridae family. ... Binomial name (Peters, 1874) The DAlbertis Ringtail Possum (Pseudochirops albertisii) is a species of marsupial in the Pseudocheiridae family. ... Binomial name Pseudochirops archeri (Collett, 1884) The Green Ringtail Possum (Pseudochirops archeri) is a species of ringtail possum found only in northern Australia. ... Binomial name (Thomas, 1897) The Goldon Ringtail Possum or Plush-coated Ringtail Possum (Pseudochirops corinnae) is a species of marsupial in the Pseudocheiridae family. ... Binomial name Thomas, 1897 The Reclusive Ringtail Possum (Pseudochirops coronatus) is a species of marsupial in the Pseudocheiridae family. ... Binomial name (Thomas, 1897) The Coppery Ringtail Possum (Pseudochirops cupreus) is a species of marsupial in the Pseudocheiridae family. ... Genera Acrobates Distoechurus Acrobatidae is a small family of marsupials contains two genera, each with a single species, the Feathertail Glider (Acrobates pygmaeus) from Australia and Feathertail Possum (Distoechurus pennatus) from New Guinea. ... Binomial name Acrobates pygmaeus (Shaw, 1793) The Feathertail Glider (Acrobates pygmaeus), also known as the Pygmy Gliding Possum, Pygmy Glider, Pygmy Phalanger and Flying Mouse,[3] is the worlds smallest gliding mammal, and is named for its long feather-shaped tail. ... Binomial name Acrobates pygmaeus (Shaw, 1793) The Feathertail Glider (Acrobates pygmaeus), also known as the Pygmy Gliding Possum, Pygmy Glider, Pygmy Phalanger and Flying Mouse,[3] is the worlds smallest gliding mammal, and is named for its long feather-shaped tail. ... Binomial name (Peters, 1874) The Feather-tailed Possum (Distoechurus pennatus) is a species of marsupial in the Acrobatidae family. ... Binomial name (Peters, 1874) The Feather-tailed Possum (Distoechurus pennatus) is a species of marsupial in the Acrobatidae family. ... Families Hypsiprymnodontidae Macropodidae Potoroidae Macropodiformes is one of the three suborders of the large marsupial order Diprotodontia. ... Genera Lagostrophus Dendrolagus Dorcopsis Dorcopsulus Lagorchestes Macropus Onychogalea Petrogale Setonix Thylogale Wallabia Tree kangaroos have smaller ears for easier maneuvering between tree branches, and much longer tail. ... Binomial name Lagostrophus fasciatus (Péron & Lesueur, 1807) The Banded Hare-wallaby (or munning), Lagostrophus fasciatus, is an endangered mammal native to south-western Australia. ... Binomial name Lagostrophus fasciatus (Péron & Lesueur, 1807) The Banded Hare-wallaby (or munning), Lagostrophus fasciatus, is an endangered mammal native to south-western Australia. ... Species About 9; see text. ... Binomial name Dendrolagus lumholtzi Collett, 1884 Lumholtzs Tree-kangaroo is a heavy-bodied tree-kangaroo found in rain forests of the Atherton Tableland Region of Queensland. ... Binomial name Dendrolagus bennettianus De Vis, 1887 Bennetts Tree-kangaroo is a large tree-kangaroo. ... Binomial name Dendrolagus matschiei Forster & Rothschild, 1907 Matschies Tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus matschiei), also known as the Huon Tree-kangaroo belongs to the family Macropodidae, which includes about 55 species of kangaroos, wallabies and their relatives. ... Binomial name Thomas, 1908 Goodfellows Tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus goodfellowi), also called the Ornate Tree Kangaroo, belongs to the family Macropodidae, which includes kangaroos, wallabies and their relatives,[3] and the genus Dendrolagus, with eleven other species. ... Binomial name Dendrolagus mbaiso Flannery, Boeadi & Szalay, 1995 The Dingiso or Bondegezou, Dendrolagus mbaiso, is a species of tree kangaroo native to Irian Jaya (Indonesian New Guinea). ... Binomial name Flannery & Seri, 1990 The Tenkile (Dendrolagus scottae), also known as Scotts Tree-kangaroo, is a species of marsupial in the Macropodidae family. ... The dorcopsises are the marsupials of the genus Dorcopsis and Dorcopsulus. ... Binomial name (Lesson, 1827) The Brown Dorcopsis (Dorcopsis muelleri) is a species of marsupial in the Macropodidae family. ... Binomial name Heller, 1897 The Greater Forest-wallaby or White-striped Dorcopsis (Dorcopsis hageni) is a species of marsupial in the Macropodidae family. ... Binomial name Van Deusen, 1957 The Black Dorcopsis or Black Forest-wallaby (Dorcopsis atrata) is a species of marsupial in the Macropodidae family. ... Binomial name (DAlbertis, 1874) The Gray Dorcopsis (Dorcopsis luctuosa) is a species of marsupial in the Macropodidae family. ... Species Dorcopsulus macleayi Dorcopsulus vanheurni Dorcopsulus is a genus of marsupial in the Macropodidae family. ... Binomial name (Thomas, 1922) The Lesser Forest-wallaby or Small Dorcopsis (Dorcopsulus vanheurni) is a species of marsupial in the Macropodidae family. ... Binomial name (Miklouho-Maclay, 1885) Macleays Dorcopsis (Dorcopsulus macleayi), also known as the Papuan Dorcopsis or the Papuan Forest-wallaby, is a species of marsupial in the Macropodidae family. ... Red-necked Wallaby A wallaby (sometimes spelled wallabee) is any of about 30 species of macropod (family macropodidae). ... Binomial name Lagorchestes conspicillatus Gould, 1842 The Spectacled Hare-wallaby (Lagorchestes conspicillatus) is a species of macropod found in Australia. ... Binomial name Lagorchestes hirsutus Gould, 1844 The Rufous Hare-wallaby (Lagorchestes hirsutus), also known as the Mala, is a small macropod found in Australia. ... This article is about kangaroos, the marsupial. ... Binomial name Macropus agilis (Gould, 1842) The Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis), also known as the Sandy Wallaby, is a species of wallaby found in northern Australia and New Guinea. ... Binomial name Macropus dorsalis {Gray, 1837) The Black-striped Wallaby (Macropus dorsalis), also known as the Scrub Wallaby, is a medium-sized wallaby found in Australia, from Townsville in Queensland to Narrabri in New South Wales. ... Binomial name Macropus eugenii The Tammar Wallaby (Macropus eugenii) is a small member of the kangaroo family and is the type species for research on kangaroos and marsupials. ... Binomial name Macropus irma (Jourdan, 1837) The Western Brush Wallaby (Macropus irma), also known as the Black-gloved Wallaby, is a species of wallaby found in southwestern Western Australia. ... Binomial name Macropus parma The Parma Wallaby (Macropus parma) was first described by the great Australian naturalist John Gould in about 1840. ... Binomial name Macropus parryi Bennett, 1835 The Pretty-faced Wallaby (Macropus parryi), also known as the Whiptail Wallaby, is a species of wallaby found in eastern Australia. ... Binomial name Desmarest, 1817 The Red-necked Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) is a medium-sized macropod, common in the more temperate and fertile parts of eastern Australia. ... Binomial name Macropus antilopinus (Gould, 1842) The Antilopine Kangaroo (Macropus antilopinus), sometimes called the Antilopine Wallaroo or the Antilopine Wallaby, is a species of macropod found in northern Australia: in Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, the Top End of the Northern Territory, and the Kimberley region of Western Australia. ... Binomial name Macropus robustus Gould, 1841 The Eastern Wallaroo (Macropus robustus), also known as the Common Wallaroo, the Hill Wallaroo or the Euro, is a large, variable species of macropod found throughout much of the Australian mainland. ... Binomial name Desmarest, 1822 The Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) is the largest of all kangaroos, the largest mammal native to Australia, and the largest surviving marsupial. ... Binomial name Desmarest, 1817 The Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosis or alternately Macropus fuliginosus) is a large and very common macropod, found across almost the entire southern part of Australia, from just south of Shark Bay to coastal South Australia, western Victoria, and the entire Murray-Darling Basin in New... Binomial name Shaw, 1790 The Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) is a marsupial found in southern and eastern Australia, with a population of several million. ... Species O. fraenata O. lunata O. unguifera The nail-tail wallabies (genus Onychogalea) are three species of macropod found in Australia. ... Binomial name Onychogalea fraenata (Gould, 1841) The Bridled Nail-tail Wallaby Onychogalea fraenata is a wallaby which has white bridle line, running down from the back of the neck. ... Binomial name Onychogalea unguifera (Gould, 1841) The Northern Nail-tail Wallaby (Onychogalea unguifera), also known as the Sandy Nail-tail Wallaby, is a species of macropod found in Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory. ... Species 16, see text The rock-wallabies are the wallabies of the genus Petrogale. ... Binomial name Petrogale brachyotis (Gould, 1841) The Short-eared Rock-wallaby (Petrogale brachyotis) is a species of rock-wallaby found in northern Australia, in the northernmost parts of Northern Territory and Western Australia. ... Binomial name Petrogale burbidgei Kitchener & Sanson, 1978 The Monjon (Petrogale burbidgei), also known as the Warabi, is the smallest of the many species of rock-wallaby found in Australia. ... Binomial name Petrogale concinna Gould, 1842 The Nabarlek (Petrogale concinna), also known as the Pygmy Rock-wallaby or the Little Rock-wallaby, is a very small species of macropod found in northern Australia. ... Binomial name Petrogale persephone Maynes, 1982 The Proserpine Rock-wallaby (Petrogale persephone) is a species of rock-wallaby restricted to a small area in the Whitsunday Shire in Queensland, Australia. ... Binomial name Petrogale rothschildi Thomas, 1904 Rothschilds Rock-wallaby (Petrogale rothschildi), sometimes known as the Roebourne Rock-wallaby, is a species of macropod found in Western Australia, in the Pilbara district and the Dampier Archipelago. ... Binomial name Petrogale xanthopus Gray, 1855 The Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby (Petrogale xanthopus) is a member of the macropod family (the marsupial family that includes the kangaroos, wallabies, tree-kangaroos, wallaroos, and others). ... Binomial name Petrogale assimilis Ramsay, 1877 The Allied Rock-wallaby (Petrogale assimilis) is a species of rock-wallaby found in northeastern Queensland, Australia. ... Binomial name Petrogale coenensis Eldridge & Close, 1992 The Cape York Rock-wallaby (Petrogale coenensis) is a species of rock-wallaby restricted to Cape York Peninsula in northeastern Queensland, Australia. ... Binomial name Petrogale godmani Thomas, 1923 The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ... Binomial name Petrogale herberti Thomas, 1926 Herberts Rock-wallaby (Petrogale herberti) is a member of a group of seven very closely-related rock-wallabies found in northeastern Queensland, Australia. ... Binomial name Petrogale inornata Gould, 1842 The Unadorned Rock-wallaby (Petrogale inornata) is a member of a group of closely related rock-wallabies found in northeastern Queensland, Australia. ... Binomial name Petrogale lateralis (Gray, 1827) The Black-flanked Rock-wallaby (Petrogale lateralis), also known as the Black-footed Rock-wallaby or Warru is a kind of wallaby, one of several rock-wallabies in the genus Petrogale. ... Binomial name Petrogale mareeba Eldridge & Close, 1992 The Mareeba Rock-wallaby (Petrogale mareeba) is a species of rock-wallaby found in northeastern Queensland, Australia. ... Binomial name Petrogale penicillata (Gray, 1827) The Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby or Small-eared Rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata) is a kind of wallaby, one of several rock-wallabies in the genus Petrogale. ... Binomial name Petrogale purpureicollis (Le Souef, 1924) The Purple-necked Rock-wallaby (Petrogale purpureicollis) was first classified in 1924 by Albert Sherbourne Le Souef, then director of the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, who noted a strange purple coloration around the neck as well as skull differences separating it from... Binomial name Petrogale sharmani Eldridge & Close, 1992 The Mt. ... Binomial name (Quoy & Gaimard, 1830) Quokka, Melbourne Zoo The Quokka (Setonix brachyurus) is a small macropod, about the size of a large domestic cat. ... Binomial name (Quoy & Gaimard, 1830) Quokka, Melbourne Zoo The Quokka (Setonix brachyurus) is a small macropod, about the size of a large domestic cat. ... Type Species Halmaturus (Thylogale) eugenii Gray, 1837 (= Halmaturus thetis Lesson, 1828) Species Thylogale billardierii Thylogale browni Thylogale brunii Thylogale calabyi Thylogale lanatus Thylogale stigmatica Thylogale thetis Tasmanian pademelon eating a slice of apple, with her joey Female (notice the full pouch) red-legged pademelon eating a slice of sweet potato... Binomial name Thylogale billardierii (Desmarest, 1822) Female and her joey. ... Binomial name (Ramsay, 1877) Browns Pademelon (Thylogale browni) is a species of marsupial in the Macropodidae family. ... Binomial name (Schreber, 1778) The Dusky Pademelon or Dusky Wallaby (Thylogale brunii) is a species of marsupial in the Macropodidae family. ... Binomial name Flannery, 1992 Calabys Pademelon (Thylogale calabyi), also known as the Alpine Wallaby, is a species of marsupial in the Macropodidae family. ... Binomial name Thylogale stigmatica (Gould, 1860) The Red-legged Pademelon (Thylogale stigmatica) is a species of small macropod found on the northeastern coast of Australia and in New Guinea. ... Binomial name Thylogale thetis (Lesson, 1828) The Red-necked Pademelon is a forest-dwelling marsupial living in the eastern coastal region of Australia. ... Binomial name Wallabia bicolor (Lesson, 1828) The Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) is a small macropod marsupial of Australia. ... Binomial name Wallabia bicolor (Lesson, 1828) The Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) is a small macropod marsupial of Australia. ... Families Hypsiprymnodontidae Macropodidae Potoroidae Macropodiformes is one of the three suborders of the large marsupial order Diprotodontia. ... Genera  Hypsiprymnodon  Aepyprymnus  Bettongia  Caloprymnus  Potorous The marsupial family Potoroidae includes the bettongs, potoroos and rat-kangaroos. ... Binomial name Aepyprymnus rufescens (Gray, 1837) The Rufous Rat-kangaroo (Aepyprymnus rufescens), also known as the Rufous Bettong, is a small species of the family Potoroidae found in Australia. ... Binomial name Aepyprymnus rufescens (Gray, 1837) The Rufous Rat-kangaroo (Aepyprymnus rufescens), also known as the Rufous Bettong, is a small species of the family Potoroidae found in Australia. ... Type species Bettongia setosa Gray, 1837 Species B. gaimardi B. leseur B. penicillata B. tropica The bettongs are species of the genus Bettongia, sometimes referred to as rat-kangaroos. ... Binomial name Bettongia gaimardi (Desmarest, 1822) The Eastern Bettong (Bettongia gaimardi), also known as the Southern Bettong and Tasmanian Bettong, is a bettong whose natural range includes south-eastern Australia and the eastern part of Tasmania. ... Binomial name Bettongia lesueur (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824) The Boodie (Bettongia lesueur), also known locally as the Burrowing Bettong, is a small marsupial related to the kangaroo. ... Binomial name Bettongia penicillata Gray, 1837 The Woylie (Bettongia penicillata) is a small (30cm long) marsupial. ... Binomial name Bettongia tropica Wakefield, 1967 The Northern Bettong (Bettongia tropica) is a small potoroid marsupial which is restricted to some areas of mixed open Eucalyptus woodlands and Allocasuarina forests bordering rainforests in far northeastern Queensland, Australia. ... The marsupial family Potoridae includes the bettongs, potoroos and rat-kangaroos. ... Binomial name Potorous longipes Seebeck & Johnson, 1980 The Long-footed Potoroo (Potorous longipes) is a species of rat-kangaroo found in southeastern Australia, in a small area around the coastal border between New South Wales and Victoria. ... Binomial name Potorous tridactylus (Kerr, 1792) The Long-nosed Potoroo (Potorous tridactylus*) is a species of Australian potoroo. ... Binomial name Potorous gilbertii Gould, 1841 Gilberts Potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) is an Australian marsupial that is critically endangered. ... Binomial name Hypsiprymnodon moschatus Ramsay, 1876 The Musky Rat-kangaroo is a marsupial species found in the rainforests of New Guinea and northeast Australia. ... Binomial name Hypsiprymnodon moschatus Ramsay, 1876 The Musky Rat-kangaroo (Hypsiprymnodon moschatus) is a marsupial species found in the rainforests of New Guinea and northeast Australia. ... Binomial name Hypsiprymnodon moschatus Ramsay, 1876 The Musky Rat-kangaroo (Hypsiprymnodon moschatus) is a marsupial species found in the rainforests of New Guinea and northeast Australia. ...

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