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Species Petrogale penicillata (Gray, 1825)

Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby


Generic Combinations

  • Petrogale penicillata (Gray, 1825).




New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NSW, Qld, Vic: Australian Alps (AA), Nandewar (NAN), New England Tablelands (NET), NSW North Coast (NNC), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ)

Ecological Descriptors

Coastal, folivore, gregarious, herbivore, low open forest, montane, nocturnal, open scrub, subtropical, terrestrial, tussock grassland.

Extra Ecological Information

Shelters in rocky terrain adjacent to feeding areas.


General References

Bulinski, J., Goldney, D. & Bauer, J. 1997. The habitat utilisation and social behaviour of captive rock-wallabies: implications for management. Australian Mammalogy 19: 191-198

Clancy, T.F. & Close, R.L. 1997. Queensland rock-wallabies - An overview of their conservation status, threats and management. Australian Mammalogy 19: 169-174

Close, R.L., Eldridge, M.D.B., Bell, J.N. & Reside, J. 1994. A genetic study of the brush-tailed rock wallaby Petrogale penicillata in East Gippsland and relevance for management of the species in Victoria. Pacific Conservation Biology 1: 367-371

Close, R.L., Ingleby, S., Oorschot, R.A.H. van, Gooley, A.A., Briscoe, D.A. & Sharman, G.B. 1988. Identification of rock-wallabies, Petrogale penicillata (Gray, 1825), from the Grampians, Victoria, and comparison with conspecifics by examination of chromosomes, blood proteins, cell surface antigens, parasites and morphology. Australian Journal of Zoology 36: 99-110

Dovey, L., Wong, V. & Bayne, P. 1997. An overview of the status and management of rock-wallabies (Petrogale) in New South Wales. Australian Mammalogy 19: 163-168

Dunn, R. 1984. Brush-tailed rock-wallabies in the Grampians. Victorian Naturalist 101: 123-126

Eldridge, M.D.B. 1997. Taxonomy of rock-wallabies, Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). II. An historical review. Australian Mammalogy 19: 113-122

Eldridge, M.D.B., Bell, J.N. & Wong, V. 1997. Confirmation of the continued existence of the brush-tailed rock-wallaby, Petrogale penicillata, in the Warrumbungles, western NSW. Australian Mammalogy 20: 111-114

Eldridge, M.D.B., Close, R.L. & Johnston, P.G. 1990. Chromosomal rearrangements in rock wallabies, Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). III. G-banding analysis of Petrogale inornata and P. penicillata. Genome 33: 798-802

Eldridge, M.D.B. & Close, R.L. 1995. Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Petrogale penicillata. pp. 383-385 in Strahan, R. (ed.). The Mammals of Australia: The National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Sydney : Reed New Holland 756 pp.

Hazliitt, S.L., Eldridge, M.D.B. & Goldizen, A.W. 2004. Strong female philopatry within a brush-tailed rock-wallaby colony in southeast Queensland determined by fine-scale spatial genetic correlation analyses. Molecular Ecology 13: 3621-3632

Jarman, P.J. 1994. The eating of seedheads by species of Macropodidae. Australian Mammalogy 17: 51-63

Jarman, P.J. & Bayne, P. 1997. Behavioural ecology of P. penicillata in relation to conservation. Australian Mammalogy 19: 219-228

Lazell, J.D., Sutterfield, T.W. & Giezentanner, W.D. 1984. The population of rock wallabies (genus Petrogale) on Oahu, Hawaii. Biological Conservation 30: 99-108

Lunney, D., Law, B. & Rummery, C. 1997. An ecological interpretation of the historical decline of the brush-tailed rock-wallaby P. penicillata in New South Wales. Australian Mammalogy 19: 281-296

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

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

Shelley, D.A. 1993. 1990-91 survey of the brush-tailed rock-wallaby Petrogale penicillata in the Warrumbungle National Park Coonabarabran, New South Wales. The Australian Zoologist 29: 79-84

Short, J. 1982. Habitat requirements of the brush-tailed rock-wallaby, Petrogale penicillata in New South Wales. Australian Wildlife Research 9: 239-246

Short, J. 1989. The diet of the brush-tailed rock-wallaby in New South Wales. Australian Wildlife Research 16: 11-18

Short, J. & Milkovits, G. 1990. Distribution and status of the brush-tailed rock-wallaby in south-eastern Australia. Australian Wildlife Research 17: 169-179

Warburton, B. & Sadlier, R.M.F. 1990. Brushtailed rock wallaby Petrogale penicillata penicillata Griffith, 1827. pp. 58-64 in King, C.M. (ed.). The Handbook of New Zealand Mammals. Auckland : Oxford University Press.


Common Name References

ABRS 2001. Census of Australian Vertebrates. Australian Biological Resources Study. (Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby)


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)
05-Jan-2015 Petrogale Gray, 1837 20-Jan-2016 MODIFIED
29-Nov-2016 05-Nov-2010 MOVED
29-Oct-2010 29-Oct-2010 MOVED
12-Feb-2010 (import)