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CAVS: 1039

Species Petrogale assimilis Ramsay, 1877

Allied Rock-wallaby





Extra Distribution Information

Present on Palm and Magnetic Islands.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Qld: Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Desert Uplands (DEU), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Gulf Plains (GUP), Mitchell Grass Downs (MGD)

Ecological Descriptors

Coastal, folivore, gregarious, herbivore, low open forest, montane, noctidurnal, open scrub, terrestrial, territorial, tussock grassland.

Extra Ecological Information

Inhabits rocky outcrops, river gorges, etc. adjacent to feeding areas of grassland.


General References

Barker, S.C. 1990. Behaviour and social organisation of the allied rock-wallaby Petrogale assimilis, Ramsey, 1877 (Marsupialia: Macropodoidea). Australian Wildlife Research 17: 301-311

Bleistein, S., Horsup, A. & Ganslosser, U. 1994. Border conflicts among territorial rock wallabies (Petrogale assimilis). Aggressive Behavior 20: 325-333

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. & Bell, J.N. 1990. Age estimation of pouch young of the allied rock-wallaby (Petrogale assimilis) in captivity. Australian Wildlife Research 17: 359-367

Delany, R. 1997. Population dynamics of the allied rock-wallaby P. assimilis: Implications for conservation. Australian Mammalogy 19: 199-208

Delany, R. 1997. Reproductive ecology of the allied rock-wallaby, P. assimilis. Australian Mammalogy 19: 209-218

Delany, R. & De'ath, G. 1990. Age estimation and growth rates of captive and wild pouch young of Petrogale assimilis. Australian Wildlife Research 17: 491-499

Delany, R. & Marsh, H. 1995. Estimating the age of wild rock wallabies by dental radiography - a basis for quantifying the age structure of a discrete colony of Petrogale assimilis. Wildlife Research 22: 547-559

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. & Close , R.L. 1995. Allied rock-wallaby. pp. 365-366 in Strahan, R. (ed.). The mammals of Australia. The National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Sydney : Reed New Holland 756 pp.

Horsup, A. 1994. Home range of the allied rock-wallaby, Petrogale assimilus. Wildlife Research 21: 65-84

Horsup, A. & Marsh, H. 1992. The diet of the allied rock-wallaby, Petrogale assimilis, in the wet-dry tropics. Wildlife Research 19: 17-33

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

Merchant, J.C., Marsh, H., Spencer, P. & De'ath, G. 1996. Milk composition and production in free-living allied rock-wallabies, Petrogale assimilis. Australian Journal of Zoology 44: 659-674

Spencer, P.B.S. 1991. Evidence of predation by a feral cat, Felis catus (Carnivora: Felidae) on an isolated rock-wallaby colony in tropical Queensland. Australian Mammalogy 14: 143-144

Spencer, P.B.S., Adams, M., Marsh, H., Miller, D.J. & Eldridge, M.D.B. 1997. High levels of genetic variability in an isolated colony of rock-wallabies (Petrogale assimilis): Evidence from three classes of molecular markers. Australian Journal of Zoology 45: 199-210

Spencer, P.B.S., Horsup, A.B. & Marsh, H.D. 1998. Enhancement of reproductive success through mate choice in a social rock-wallaby, Petrogale assimilis (Macropodidae) as revealed by microsatellite markers. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 43: 1-9

Spencer, P.B.S. & Speare, R. 1992. Haematology of wild allied rock-wallabies, Petrogale assimilis Ramsay,1877 (Marsupialia: Macropodidae), in north Queensland. Australian Journal of Zoology 40: 355-364


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 05-Nov-2010 MOVED
29-Oct-2010 29-Oct-2010 MOVED
12-Feb-2010 (import)