Macropus-agilis, Agile Wallaby

Macropus-agilis

 Agile Wallaby

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The AgMacropus-agilis, Agile Wallabyile Wallaby (Macropus agilis), also known as the Sandy Wallaby, is a species of wallaby found in northern Australia and New Guinea. It is the most common wallaby in Australia’s north.
The Agile Wallaby, as its alternative name implies, is a sandy colour becoming paler below. It is a sociable animal and grazes on grasses and other plants.

There are four subspecies of the Agile Wallaby:

* M. a. agilis – the nominate subspecies is found in Northern Territory;
* M. a. jardinii – this subspecies is found on the northern and eastern coasts of Queensland;
* M. a. nigrescens – found in the Kimberley and Arnhem Land regions of Western Australia;
* M. a. papuanus – found in southern and southeastern Papua New Guinea and some neighbouring islands.

The Agile Wallaby is not considered threatened.

Dendrolagus dorianus, Doria’s tree-kangaroo

Dendrolagus dorianus

 Doria’s tree-kangaroo

Doria’s Tree-kangarDendrolagus dorianus, Doria's tree-kangaroooo (Dendrolagus dorianus) is a tree-kangaroo found in montane forests of New Guinea at elevations between 600-3650m. It is mostly solitary and nocturnal. The species was named in 1883 by Edward Pierson Ramsay in honour of Italian zoologist Giacomo Doria.

One of the largest tree-kangaroo, the Doria’s weighs 6.5-14.5 kg, its length is 51–78 cm, with a long 44–66 cm tail. It has long dense brown fur with black ears and a pale brown or cream nonprehensile tail. It has large and powerful claws and a stocky build that gives it a bear-like appearance.

Its diet consists of various leaves, buds, flowers and fruits. The gestation period is about 30 days, after which, the single young remains in the mother’s pouch for up to 10 months.

Doria’s is listed as vulnerable. Its forest habitat is threatened by logging and forest clearance. Being large sized, it is also hunted for its meat.

Dendrolagus-spadix, Lowland Tree Kangaroo

Dendrolagus-spadix

 Lowland Tree Kangaroo

The  Dendrolagus-spadix, Lowland Tree KangarooLowland Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolagus spadix) is a species of marsupial in the Macropodidae family. It is endemic to Papua New Guinea. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Thylogale brunii, Dusky pademelon

Thylogale brunii

 Dusky pademelon

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The Dusky Pademelon or Dusky Wallaby (Thylogale brunii) is a species of marsupial in the Macropodidae family. It is found in the Aru and Kai islands and Papua Province of Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, dry savanna, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, and subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland. It is threatened by habitat loss.

The animal was named after Cornelis de Bruijn, the Dutch painter who first described this pademelon (1711).

Thylogale stigmatica, Red-legged pademelon

Thylogale stigmatica

Red-legged pademelon

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The Red-legged Pademelon (Thylogale stigmatica) is a species of small macropod found on the northeastern coast of Australia and in New Guinea. In Australia it has a scattered distribution from the tip of Cape York Peninsula in Queensland to around Tamworth in New South Wales. In New Guinea it is found in south central lowlands.

The Red-legged Pademelon is usually solitary but may group together when feeding. It is found mostly in rainforest, where it is rarely seen, but it is not considered threatened. In New South Wales, however, it is considered to be vulnerable. It feeds on fallen fruit, leaves and grasses. It weighs 2.5 to 7 kg and is 38-58 cm long with a 30-47 cm tail.

There are four subspecies of the Red-legged Pademelon:
* T. s. stigmatica, found in the Cairns region of Queensland;
* T. s. coxenii, found in Cape York Peninsula;
* T. s. orimo, found in New Guinea;
* T. s. wilcoxi, found in southern Queensland and New South Wales.