Petrogale rothschildi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Petrogale rothschildi
Species Authority: Thomas, 1904
Common Name(s):
English Rothschild's Rock Wallaby

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Morris, K. & Burbidge, A.
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, 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: This species is endemic to Western Australia, Australia, where it is found in the Pilbara region and offshore islands in the Dampier Archipelago.
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Population [top]

Population: This species is locally common, although patchily distributed. Mainland populations have declined, particularly from some of its southern range. The Dolphin Island population was almost extirpated by fox predation before fox control was implemented, and has since recovered. Island populations have increased due to fox control and benign introductions. Populations were lost from two offshore islands (East and West Intercourse Islands) during the 1960s due to fox predation.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in areas rugged rocky habitat.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Mainland populations have declined through predation by introduced foxes (Pearson and Eldridge 2008). Foxes do not occur in some of the higher elevation areas of its current range; most of the fox threat is concentrated within the coastal section of the range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: All of the known islands are protected areas. This species also occurs in Karajini National Park and other protected areas. There is an ongoing fox control program on Dolphin Island and the adjacent mainland. Monitoring of this species' populations is needed.

Citation: Morris, K. & Burbidge, A. 2008. Petrogale rothschildi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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