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Thylogale billardierii (Diprotodontia: Macropodidae)


Rose, RW and Rose, RK, Thylogale billardierii (Diprotodontia: Macropodidae), Mammalian Species, 50, (965) pp. 100-108. ISSN 0076-3519 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/mspecies/sey012


Thylogale billardierii (Desmarest, 1822), the Tasmanian pademelon, is a small macropodid now endemic to Tasmania; the other 5 species are on the Australian mainland or Papua, New Guinea. The body is compact with relatively long forelimbs compared with larger macropodids, short ears, and a tail two-thirds the head and body length that lies on the ground while at rest. The long pelage is dark brown above and yellow-to-rufous below. While running, its body lies more closely parallel to the ground than other macropodids. A browser more than a grazer, it occupies a wide range of habitats but is often associated with forest edges. Adults weigh 411 kg, and males are 50% heavier than females. At present, T. billardierii is secure, listed as "Least Concern"; it is threatened primarily by introduced carnivores.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:endemic, macropodid, marsupial, Tasmanian pademelon, wallaby
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Vertebrate biology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Rose, RW (Associate Professor Randy Rose)
ID Code:136174
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2019-12-04
Last Modified:2020-05-20

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