Petrogale purpureicollis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Diprotodontia Macropodidae

Scientific Name: Petrogale purpureicollis
Species Authority: Le Souef, 1924
Common Name(s):
English Purple-necked Rock Wallaby

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): McKnight, M.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The Purple-necked Rock Wallaby is endemic to Australia, where it is present in north-western Queensland from Dajarra and west of Mount Isa to the eastern end of the Selwyn Ranges, extending northwards to Lawn Hill and probably into the Northern Territory. There are sight records from Wollogorang (Northern Territory) that are likely of this species.
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Population [top]

Population: The populations are patchily distributed within its range. It is common around Dajarra and Mount Isa, but rarer to the west near Lawn Hill (Johnson and Eldridge 2008). It seems to have declined in the south-eastern part of its range due to the presence of goats (Johnson and Eldridge 2008).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in areas of rocky outcrops, cliffs, and boulder formations near dry forests savannas and spinifex grasslands (Johnson and Eldridge 2008). It lives in small colonies. Colonies that have access to permanent water tend to be larger, and those that do not may disappear during prolonged droughts (Johnson and Eldridge 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is likely threatened by competition with domestic and introduced herbivores. It is possibly threatened by introduced predators.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Lawn Hill National Park. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, ecology, and threats to this species. Populations of this species should be monitored to record changes in abundance and distribution.

Citation: McKnight, M. 2008. Petrogale purpureicollis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136463A4294982. . Downloaded on 05 May 2016.
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