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Scientific and common name this time. HAVE FUN!
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Congratulations, Betty! We all didn't even have a chance to ask for letters before you got the answer. Well done.
Simone - 1 day ago - change.org
What a cute little guy. Signed the petition, Nyack. Thanks.
The swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) is a small macropod marsupial of eastern Australia. This wallaby is also commonly known as the black wallaby, with other names including black-tailed wallaby, fern wallaby, black pademelon, stinker (in Queensland), and black stinker (in New South Wales). The swamp wallaby is the only living member of the genus Wallabia.
The species name bicolor comes from the distinct colouring variation, with the typical grey coat of the macropods varied with a dark brown to black region on the back, and light yellow to rufous orange on the chest. A light coloured cheek stripe is usually present, and extremities of the body generally show a darker colouring, except for the tip of the tail, which is often white.
The average length is 76 cm (30 in) for males, and 70 cm (27.5 in) for females (excluding the tail). The tail in both sexes is approximately equal in length to the rest of the body. Average weight for males is 17 kg (37 lb), females averaging 13 kg (29 lb).
HABITAT and DISTRUBUTION
The swamp wallaby is found from the northernmost areas of Cape York in Queensland, down the entire east coast and around to south-western Victoria. It was formerly found through to south-eastern South Australia, but is now rare or absent from that region.
The swamp wallaby becomes reproductively viable from 15–18 months of age, and can breed throughout the year. Gestation is from 33–38 days, leading to a single young. The young is carried in the pouch from 8–9 months, but will continue to suckle until about 15 months. The swamp wallaby exhibits an unusual form of embryonic diapause, differing from other marsupials in having its gestation period longer than its oestrous cycle.
The swamp wallaby is typically a solitary animal, but often aggregates into groups when feeding. It will eat a wide range of food plants, depending on availability, including shrubs, pasture, agricultural crops, and native and exotic vegetation. It appears to be able to tolerate a variety of plants poisonous to many other animals, including brackens, hemlock and lantana.
The ideal diet appears to involve browsing shrubs and bushes, rather than grazing grasses. This is unusual in wallabies and other macropods, which typically prefer grazing. Tooth structure reflects this preference for browsing, with the shape of the molars differing from other wallabies. The fourth premolar is retained through life, and is shaped for cutting through coarse plant material.
According to Aboriginal people of the Bundjalung Nation, the swamp wallaby was considered inedible, due to its smell and taste after cooking.Commercial shooters also find it undesirable due to its small size and coarse fur.
TYPES of WALLABY
Several physical and behavioral characteristics make the swamp wallaby different enough from other wallabies that many authors place it apart in its own genus, Wallabia. Others however point out swamp wallabies can hybridize with Macropus agilis (the Agile Wallaby), so perhaps should be placed in the genus Macropus.
As mentioned above, the term wallaby is ill-defined and can mean just about any macropod of moderate size. In consequence, the listing below is arbitrary and taken from the complete list of macropods.
- Agile Wallaby, Macropus agilis
- Allied Rock-wallaby, Petrogale assimilis
- Banded Hare-wallaby, Lagostrophus fasciatus
- Black Dorcopsis, Dorcopsis atrata
- Black-flanked Rock-wallaby, Petrogale lateralis
- Black-striped Wallaby, Macropus dorsalis
- Bridled Nail-tail Wallaby, Onychogalea fraenata
- Brown Dorcopsis, Dorcopsis muelleri
- Brown's Pademelon, Thylogale browni
- Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, Petrogale penicillata
- Calaby's Pademelon, Thylogale calabyi
- Cape York Rock-wallaby, Petrogale coenensis
- Crescent Nail-tail Wallaby, Onychogalea lunata (extinct)
- Dusky Pademelon, Thylogale brunii
- Eastern Hare-wallaby, Lagorchestes leporides (extinct)
- Godman's Rock-wallaby, Petrogale godmani
- Gray Dorcopsis, Dorcopsis luctuosa
- Herbert's Rock-wallaby, Petrogale herberti
- Lake Mackay Hare-wallaby, Lagorchestes asomatus (extinct)
- Macleay's Dorcopsis, Dorcopsulus macleayi
- Mareeba Rock-wallaby, Petrogale mareeba
- Monjon, Petrogale burbidgei
- Mt. Claro Rock-wallaby, Petrogale sharmani
- Mountain Pademelon, Thylogale lanatus
- Nabarlek, Petrogale concinna
- Northern Nail-tail Wallaby, Onychogalea unguifera
- Parma Wallaby, Macropus parma (rediscovered, thought extinct for 100 years)
- Whiptail wallaby, Macropus parryi
- Proserpine Rock-wallaby, Petrogale persephone
- Purple-necked Rock-wallaby, Petrogale purpureicollis
- Red-legged Pademelon, Thylogale stigmatica
- Red-necked Pademelon, Thylogale thetis
- Red-necked Wallaby, Macropus rufogriseus
- Rothschild's Rock-wallaby, Petrogale rothschildi
- Rufous Hare-wallaby, Lagorchestes hirsutus
- Short-eared Rock-wallaby, Petrogale brachyotis
- Swamp Wallaby or Black Wallaby, Wallabia bicolor
- Tammar Wallaby, Macropus eugenii
- Tasmanian Pademelon, Thylogale billardierii
- Toolache Wallaby, Macropus greyii (extinct)
- Unadorned Rock-wallaby, Petrogale inornata
- Western Brush Wallaby, Macropus irma
- White-striped Dorcopsis, Dorcopsis hageni
- Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby, Petrogale xanthopus
Very interesting information, Nyack. I had no idea that there were so many macropod species. Wow! Thanks for all your hard work.
LOVE the wallabies! (I had already noted and signed.)
Thanks Nyack. great work as always!
Congratulations Betty Already signed petition and noted the information Nyack