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CAVS: 1262

Species Notamacropus agilis (Gould, 1842)

Agile Wallaby

Generic Combinations



Subspecies not identified in Calaby & Richardson (1988: 64), synonymies followed Thomas (1888: 42) and Schwarz (1910: 164).




Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Also found in lowland Papua New Guinea.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NT: Sturt Plateau (STU) ; NT, Qld, WA: Arnhem Coast (ARC), Arnhem Plateau (ARP), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Central Arnhem (CA), Central Kimberley (CK), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Desert Uplands (DEU), Dampierland (DL), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Gulf Fall and Uplands (GFU), Gulf Coastal (GUC), Gulf Plains (GUP), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Northern Kimberley (NK), NSW North Coast (NNC), Ord Victoria Plain (OVP), Pine Creek (PCK), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Tiwi Cobourg (TIW), Victoria Bonaparte (VB), Wet Tropics (WT)

Ecological Descriptors

Coastal, coastal dunes, folivore, frugivorous, gregarious, nocturnal, open forest, terrestrial.

Extra Ecological Information

Found along rivers and streams.


General References

Bolton, B.L., Newsome, A.E. & Merchant, J.C. 1982. Reproduction in the agile wallaby Macropus agilis (Gould) in the tropical lowlands of the Northern Territory: opportunism in a seasonal environment. Australian Journal of Ecology 7: 261-277

Bolton, B.L., Newsome, A.E. & Merchant, J.C. 1985. Reproduction in the agile wallaby: opportunistic breeding in a seasonal environment. Proceedings of the Ecological Society of Australia 13: 73-79

Calaby, J. & Richardson, B.J. 1988. Mammalia. In Walton, D.W. (ed.) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 5. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service Vol. 5 x, 274 pp. [Date published 13-Apr-88]

Croft, D.B. 1987. Socio-ecology of the antilopine wallaroo, Macropus antilopinus, in the Northern Territory, with observations on sympatric M. robustus woodwardi and M. agilis. Australian Wildlife Research 14: 243–255

Dressen, W. 1993. On the behaviour and social organisation of agile wallabies, Macropus agilis (Gould, 1842) in two habitats of northern Australia. Zeitschrift fur Säugetierkunde 58: 201-211

Johnson, P.M. 1980. Field observations on group compositions in the agile wallaby, Macropus agilis (Gould) (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). Australian Wildlife Research 7: 327-331

Johnson, P.M. 1983. Sex determination of the agile wallaby (Macropus agilis (Gould)) using adult skulls. Queensland Journal of Agricultural and Animal Science 40: 65-66 [Date published 1985]

Kirkpatrick, T.H. & Johnson, P.M. 1969. Studies of Macropodidae in Queensland. 7. Age estimation and reproduction in the agile wallaby (Wallabia agilis (Gould)). Queensland Journal of Agricultural and Animal Science 26: 691-698

Lavery, H.J. & Kirkpatrick, T.H. 1997. Field management of the bilby Macrotis lagotis in an area of south-western Queensland. Biological Conservation 1997: 271-281

Merchant, J.C. 1976. Breeding biology of the agile wallaby, Macropus agilis (Gould) (Marsupialia: Macropodidae), in captivity. Australian Wildlife Research 3: 93-103

Merchant, J.C. 1995. Agile Wallaby Macropus agilis. pp. 322-323 in Strahan, R. (ed.). The Mammals of Australia: The National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Sydney : Reed New Holland 756 pp.

Osawa, R. & Woodall, P.F. 1992. A comparative study of macroscopic and microscopic dimensions of the intestine in five macropods (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). I. Allometric relationships. Australian Journal of Zoology 40: 91-98

Press, A.J. 1988. The distribution and status of macropods (Marsupialia: Macropodidae) in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory. Australian Mammalogy 11: 103-108

Schwarz, E. 1910. On the wallabies usually referred to Macropus agilis, Gould. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 8 5: 164-166

Stirrat, S.C.. 1997. Behavioural responses of agile wallabies (Macropus agilis) to darting and immobilisation with tileamine hydrochloride and zolazepam hydrochloride. Wildlife Research 24: 89-96

Stirrat, S.C. & Fuller, M. 1997. The repertoire of social behaviours of agile wallabies, Macropus agilis. Australian Mammalogy 20: 71-78

Thomas, O. 1888. Catalogue of the Marsupialia and Monotremata in the Collection of the British Museum (Natural History). London : British Museum xiii 401 pp. 28 pls. [3 Nov. 1888]


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)
29-Nov-2016 MACROPODIDAE 14-Nov-2016 MODIFIED
29-Nov-2016 05-Nov-2010 MOVED
29-Oct-2010 29-Oct-2010 MOVED
12-Feb-2010 (import)