Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

CAVS: 1221

Species Petrogale brachyotis (Gould, 1841)

Short-eared Rock-wallaby



Northern Territory, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Groote Eylandt and Sir Edward Pellew Group in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NT: Victoria Bonaparte (VB) ; NT, WA: Central Kimberley (CK), Dampierland (DL), Northern Kimberley (NK), Ord Victoria Plain (OVP)

Ecological Descriptors

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

Extra Ecological Information

Shelters in rocky terrain adjacent to feeding areas.


General References

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., Johnston, P.G. & Lowry, P.S. 1992. Chromosomal rearrangements in rock wallabies, Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae) VII. G-banding analysis of Petrogale brachyotis and P. concinna: species with dramatically altered karyotypes. Cytogenetics and Cell Genetics 61: 34-39

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

Lundie-Jenkins, G. & Findlay, E. 1997. Distribution and status of rock-wallabies in the Northern Territory. Australian Mammalogy 19: 175-182

Pearson, D.J. & Kinnear, J.E. 1997. A review of the distribution, status and conservation of rock-wallabies in Western Australia. Australian Mammalogy 19: 137-152

Potter, S., Close, R.L., Taggart, D.A., Cooper, S.J.B. & Eldridge, M.D.B. 2014. Taxonomy of rock-wallabies, Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). IV. Multifaceted study of the brachyotis group identifies additional taxa. Australian Journal of Zoology 62: 401-414

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

Sharman, G.B., Maynes, G.M., Eldridge, M.D.B. & Close, R.L. 1995. Short-eared Rock-wallaby Petrogale brachyotis. pp. 367-368 in Strahan, R. (ed.). The Mammals of Australia: The National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Sydney : Reed New Holland 756 pp.

Telfer, W.R. & Eldridge, M.D.B. 2010. High levels of mitochondrial DNA divergence within short-eared rock-wallaby (Petrogale brachyotis) populations in northern Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology 58(2): 104-112


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 08-Jan-2015 MODIFIED
29-Nov-2016 05-Nov-2010 MOVED
29-Oct-2010 29-Oct-2010 MOVED
12-Feb-2010 (import)