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Thylogale billardierii (Diprotodontia: Macropodidae)

Rose, RW and Rose, RK 2018 , 'Thylogale billardierii (Diprotodontia: Macropodidae)' , Mammalian Species, vol. 50, no. 965 , pp. 100-108 , doi: 10.1093/mspecies/sey012.

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Abstract

Thylogale billardierii (Desmarest, 1822), the Tasmanian pademelon, is a small macropodid now endemic to Tasmania; the other 5 species are on the Australian mainland or Papua, New Guinea. The body is compact with relatively long forelimbs compared with larger macropodids, short ears, and a tail two-thirds the head and body length that lies on the ground while at rest. The long pelage is dark brown above and yellow-to-rufous below. While running, its body lies more closely parallel to the ground than other macropodids. A browser more than a grazer, it occupies a wide range of habitats but is often associated with forest edges. Adults weigh 4–11 kg, and males are 50% heavier than females. At present, T. billardierii is secure, listed as “Least Concern”; it is threatened primarily by introduced carnivores.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Rose, RW and Rose, RK
Keywords: endemic, macropodid, marsupial, Tasmanian pademelon, wallaby
Journal or Publication Title: Mammalian Species
Publisher: American Society of Mammalogists
ISSN: 0076-3519
DOI / ID Number: 10.1093/mspecies/sey012
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