Wallabia bicolor 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Diprotodontia Macropodidae

Scientific Name: Wallabia bicolor
Species Authority: (Desmarest, 1804)
Common Name(s):
English Swamp Wallaby

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Menkhorst, P., Denny, M., Ellis, M., Winter, J., Burnett, S., Lunney, D. & van Weenen, J.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, large population, occurrence in numerous protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, lack of major threats, and because its population is probably increasing along with its expanding range.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2000 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to eastern Australia, where it ranges from Cape York, Queensland in the north, to Victoria and south-eastern South Australia (Merchant 2008). There are populations of this species on the islands of Fraser, Bribie, Moreton, and North and South Stradbroke, Queensland (Merchant 2008). It occurs from sea level up to at least 1,800 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Australia (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria)
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1800
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species (Merchant 2008), and its population is expanding along the western drainages of its range. On the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland it is a scarce species. Its range is also expanding in south-east South Australia.
Current Population Trend: Increasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is generally a solitary species, associated with dense vegetation within various forest, woodland, heath, and scrub type habitats. It can be found grazing in pasture, agricultural crops, and exotic tree plantations (Merchant 2008). The species breeds throughout the year, when both sexes are between 15 and 18 months old (Merchant 2008). A single young is born after a gestation period of 33 to 38 days; the young have a pouch life of eight to nine months (Merchant 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in numerous protected areas.

Citation: Menkhorst, P., Denny, M., Ellis, M., Winter, J., Burnett, S., Lunney, D. & van Weenen, J. 2008. Wallabia bicolor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T40575A10335874. . Downloaded on 24 May 2016.
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