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Species Setonix brachyurus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1830)



Generic Combinations

  • Setonix brachyurus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1830).




Western Australia

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


WA: Esperance Plains (ESP), Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Jarrah Forest (JF), Swan Coastal Plain (SWA), Warren (WAR)

Ecological Descriptors

Herbivore, low closed forest, low open forest, swamp, territorial.


General References

Beazley, L.D. & Dunlop, S.A. 1983. The evolution of an area centralis and visual streak in the marsupial Setonix brachyurus. Journal of Comparative Neurology 216: 211-231

Bradshaw, S.D. 1983. Recent endocrinological research on the Rottnest Island quokka (Setonix brachyurus). Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 66: 55-61

Chauvet, M.T., Coline, T., Hurpet, D. Chauvet, J. & Acher, R. 1983. Marsupial neurohypophysial hormones: identification of mesotocin, lysine vasopressin, and phenypressin in the quokka wallaby. General and Comparative Endocrinology 51: 309-315

Deane, E.M., Cooper, D.W., Tyndale-Biscoe, C.H. 1988. Immunological development of pouch young marsupials. pp. 190-199 in Janssens, P.A. (ed.). The developing marsupial. Models for biomedical research. Berlin : Springer-Verlag 245 pp.

De Torres, P.J., Hayward, M.W., Dillon, M.J. & Brazell, R. 2007. Review of the distribution, causes for the decline and recommendations for management of the quokka, Setonix brachyurus (Macropodidae: Marsupialia), an endemic macropod marsupial from south-west Western Australia. Conservation Science Western Australia 6(3): 13-73

Freedman, L. & Twomey, L.T. 1979. Relative growth rates of limb muscles in the diprotodont marsupial, Setonix brachyurus. Journal of Zoology, London 188: 161-171

Harman, A.M. 1995. The optic chiasm of Australian marsupials. Australian Journal of Zoology 43: 467-477

Hayward, M.W., de Tores, P.J., Dillion, M.J. & Banks, P.B. 2007. Predicting the occurrence of the quokka (Macropodidae: Marsupialia) in Western Australia's northern jarrah forest. Wildlife Research 34: 194-199

Hayward, M.W., de Torres, P.J., Dillon, M.J. & Fox, B.J. 2003. Local population structure of a naturally occurring metapopulations of the quokka (Setonix brachyurus Macropodidae: Marsupialia). Biological Conservation 110: 343-355

Jones, M.E.E., Bradshaw, S.D., Fergusson, B. & Watts, R. 1990. Effect of available surface water on levels of antidiuretic hormone (lysine vasopressin) and water and electrolyte metabolism of the Rottnest Island quokka (Setonix brachyurus). General and Comparative Endocrinology 77: 75-87

Kakulas, B.A. 1982. Man, marsupials and muscle. An investigation of muscular paralysis occurring in the Rottnest Island quokka (Setonix brachyurus). Nedlands : University of W.A. 422 pp.

Kaldor, I. & Morgan, E.H. 1986. Iron metabolism during lactation and suckling in a marsupial, the quokka (Setonix brachyurus). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 84: 691-694

Kitchener, D.J. 1972. The importance of shelter to the quokka, Setonix brachyurus (Marsupialia) on Rottnest Island. Australian Journal of Zoology 20: 281-299

Kitchener, D.J. 1995. Quokka Setonix brachyurus. pp. 401-403 in Strahan, R. (ed.). The Mammals of Australia: The National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Sydney : Reed New Holland 756 pp.

Loh, T.T. & Shield, J. 1977. Temperature regulation and oxygen consumption in the developing macropod marsupial Setonix brachyurus. Journal of Physiology 260: 677-686

Maxwell, S., Burbidge, A.A. & Morris, K. 1996. The 1996 Action Plan for Australian Marsupials and Monotremes. Canberra : Wildlife Australia 234 pp.

McDonagh, T.J. 1992. Quokka bites. The first reports of bites from an Australian marsupial. Medical Journal of Australia 157: 746-747

Mead, R.J., Twigg, L.E., King, D.R. & Oliver, A.J. 1985. The tolerance to fluoroacetate of geographically separated populations of the quokka (Setonix brachyurus). The Australian Zoologist 21: 503-511

Nagy, K.A., Bradley, A.J. & Morris, K.D. 1990. Field metabolic rates, water fluxes and feeding rates of quokkas, Setonix brachyurus, and tammars, Macropus eugenii, in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology 37: 553-560

Packer, W.C. 1977. A metabolic study of the quokka, Setonix brachyurus, in varying regimes of temperature and humidity. pp. 379-391 in Stonehouse, B. & Gilmore, D. (eds). The Biology of Marsupials. London : Macmillan.

Sharman, G.B. 1955. Studies on marsupial reproduction III. Normal and delayed pregnancy in Setonix brachyurus. Australian Journal of Zoology 3: 56-70

Stanley, N.F. 1983. Immunological studies on the quokka. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 66: 28-31

Stevens, C. 1981. The husbandry of quokkas (Setonix brachyurus) at the Royal Mebourne Zoo. Thylacinus, Journal of the Australian Society of Zookeepers 6: 21-26


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
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29-Oct-2010 29-Oct-2010 MOVED
12-Feb-2010 (import)