Red-necked Wallaby, Macropus rufogriseus
December 2011

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TAXONOMY & HISTORY
(Agar 2008) (Archer & Bartholomai 1978) (Beck 2008) (Böhme 2003) (Dawson 1995) (Dawson & Webster 2010) (Garvey 2007, 2010) (Helgen et al. 2006) (ITIS 2006) (Jackson 2005) (Jarman & Calaby 2008) (Kear et al. 2007) (LePage et al. 2000) (Long 2003) (Martin 2006) (McKenzie et al. 2008) (Prideaux & Warburton 2010) (UNEP 2011) (Warburton 2005) (Williams 1980)

Describer (Date): Desmarest, 1817

Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia
             Subclass: Prototheria (egg laying mammals - platypus, echidnas, spiny anteaters)
             Subclass: Theria (placental and marsupial mammals)
                 Infraclass: Eutheria (placental mammals in 21 Orders)
                 Infraclass: Metatheria (marsupials in 7 Orders)
                       Order: Diprotodontia (11 families of diverse marsupials with 110 species) (Agar 2008)
                           Suborder: Phalangeriformes (cuscuses, brushtail possums, pygmy possums)
                           Suborder: Vombatiformes (wombats and koalas)
                           Suborder: Macropodiformes (kangaroos, wallabies, bettongs, potaroos, rat kangaroos)
                                Family: Hypsiprymnodontidae (musky rat-kangaroo)
                                Family: Potoroidae (potoroos, bettongs, other small rat-kangaroos)
                                Family: Macropodidae (kangaroos, wallabies)
                                   Subfamily: Sthenurinae (1 living genus and species - the banded hare wallaby)
                                   Subfamily: Macropodinae (10 genera of kangaroos, wallabies)
                                        Genus: Macropus
                                            Species: Macropus rufogriseus
                                                    Subspecies: Macropus rufogriseus banksianus (red-necked wallaby)
                                                    Subspecies: Macropus rufogriseus rufogriseus (Bennett's wallaby, Tasmanian wallaby)     

Taxonomic History and Nomenclature

Evolutionary History Cultural History

DISTRIBUTION & HABITAT
(Jackson 2005) (Jarman & Calaby 2008) (Johnson 1987) (Le Page et al. 2000) (McKenzie et al. 2008) (Warburton 2005) (Weir et al. 1995) (Zusi 2010)

Distribution: (McKenzie et al. 2008)

Red-necked wallaby distribution.
Click on map for detailed distribution from IUCN Macropus rufogriseus factsheet.

Adapted from www.d-maps.com: World Pacific Ocean centered coasts.

Habitat:



PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
(Agar 2008) (Hunt et al. 1999) (Jarman 1989) (Jarman & Calaby 2008) (Marshall & Corruccini 1978) (McGowan et al. 2008) (Newsome 1995) (Nowak 1999) (Symington 1898) (Tyndale-Biscoe & Renfree 1987) (Weisbecker & Sanchez-Villagra 2006)

Subspecies differ in size and weight (Jarman & Calaby 2008):

General

Pelage (Jarman & Calaby 2008) Sexual Dimorphism Other Physical Characteristics

Like all other macropods, red-necked wallabies have 5 digits on each forelimb.

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BEHAVIOR & ECOLOGY
(Baker & Croft 1993) (Biewener & Baudinette 1998) (Blumstein et al. 2002) (Bourke 1989) (Dawson 1995) (Dawson & Taylor 1973) (Dawson & Webster 2010) (Jarman & Calaby 2008) (Johnson 1985) (Johnson 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989a,b) (Johnson et al. 1987) (McLeod 1986) (Ord et al. 1999) (Parsons & Blumstein 2010) (Parsons et al. 2007) (Rose et al 2006) (Sharman & Calaby 1964) (Southwell 1987) (Staker 2006) (Stuart-Dick & Higginbottom 1989) (Watson & Croft 1993)


Activity Cycle Territory Size Social Groups

      General       Hierarchy       Territorial Behavior       Aggression Play (Watson & Croft 1993) Communication

Red-necked wallabies ears' can move independently through 180°. As with kangaroos, their large ears may serve a signaling role.

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      Visual Signs       Vocalization and Auditory signals       Olfaction/Scent Marking Locomotion

Red-necked wallabies travel by hopping, although they are also good swimmers by using front and hind limbs "dog-paddle" style.

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Interspecies Interaction

DIET & FEEDING
(Southwell & Jarman 1987) (Sprent & McArthur 2002) (Tyndale-Biscoe 2005)


REPRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
(Bourke 1989) (Coulson 1989) (Ganslosser 1990) (Jackson 2003) (Jarman & Calaby 2008) (Marshall & Corruccini 1978) (Merchant & Calaby 1981) (Ord et al. 1999) (Stuart-Dick & Higginbottom 1989) (Tyndale-Biscoe 2005) (Tyndale-Biscoe & Hinds 1990) (Tyndale-Biscoe & Renfree 1987) (Williams 2007)

Courtship Reproduction Gestation and Pouch Period Life Stages
Red-necked wallaby joeys begin to emerge from their mothers' pouch at around 7 months and emerge permanently at around 9 months.
           Birth             Infant (< 1 year old) (Jarman & Calaby 2008)             Juvenile (Jarman & Calaby 2008)             Adult Longevity (Jackson 2003) Mortality

MANAGED CARE
(Jackson 2003) (Merchant & Calaby 1981) (Staker 2006) 


POPULATION AND CONSERVATION STATUS
(Australian Government 2011a,b) (Australian Mammal Society 2011)(Environment Canterbury 2011) (Long 2003) (Warburton 2005)

Population Status
Conservation Threats to survival

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