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Species Petrogale lateralis Gould, 1842

Black-footed Rock-wallaby



Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NT, Qld, SA, WA: Avon Wheatbelt (AW), Burt Plain (BRT), Carnarvon (CAR), Channel Country (CHC), Coolgardie (COO), Central Ranges (CR), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Dampierland (DL), Davenport Murchison Ranges (DMR), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Esperance Plains (ESP), Eyre Yorke Block (EYB), Finke (FIN), Gascoyne (GAS), Gawler (GAW), Gibson Desert (GD), Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Great Sandy Desert (GSD), Gulf Plains (GUP), Great Victoria Desert (GVD), Hampton (HAM), Jarrah Forest (JF), Little Sandy Desert (LSD), MacDonnell Ranges (MAC), Mallee (MAL), Mitchell Grass Downs (MGD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Murchison (MUR), Nullarbor (NUL), Pilbara (PIL), Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields (SSD), Stony Plains (STP), Sturt Plateau (STU), Swan Coastal Plain (SWA), Tanami (TAN), Warren (WAR), Yalgoo (YAL)

Ecological Descriptors

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

Extra Ecological Information

Shelters in rocky terrain adjacent to feeding areas.


General References

Campeau-Péloquin, A., Kirsch, J.A.W., Eldridge, M.D.B. & Lapointe, F-J. 2001. Phylogeny of the rock-wallabies, Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae) based on DNA/DNA hybridisation. Australian Journal of Zoology 49: 463-486

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

Copley, P.B. & Alexander, P.J. 1997. Overview of the status of rock-wallabies in South Australia. Australian Mammalogy 19: 153-162

Dickman, C.R. 1996. Impact of exotic generalist predators on the native fauna of Australia. Wildlife Biology 2: 185-195

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. & Johnston, P.G. 1991. Chromosomal rearrangements in rock-wallabies, Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). IV. G-banding analysis of the Petrogale lateralis complex. Australian Journal of Zoology 39: 621-627

Eldridge, M.D.B., Gee, P., Gee, I. & Reardon, T. 1994. Identification of a rock wallaby population from the Davenport Ranges, central South Australia, as Petrogale lateralis MacDonnell Ranges race. Australian Mammalogy 17: 125-128

Eldridge, M.D.B., Johnson, P.M. & Close, R.L. 1993. Identification of a rock-wallaby population from 'Lawn Hill', northwest Queensland, as Petrogale lateralis purpureicollis ; a significant range extension. Australian Mammalogy 16: 59-60

Eldridge, M.D.B., Johnston, P.G. & Close, R.L. 1992. Chromosomal rearrangements in rock wallabies, Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae) VI. Determination of the plesiomorphic karyotype: G-banding comparison of Thylogale with Petrogale persephone, P. xanthopus and P. l. lateralis. Cytogenetics and Cell Genetics 61: 29-33

Eldridge, M.D.B., King, J.M., Loupis, A.K. , Spencer, P.B.S., Taylor, A.C., Pope, L.C. & Hall, G.P. 1999. Unprecedented low levels of genetic variability and inbreeding depression in an island population of the black-footed rock-wallaby. Conservation Biology 13: 531-541

Eldridge, M.D.B. & Bell, J.N. 1992. Identification of rock wallabies in the Warburton region of Western Australia as Petrogale lateralis MacDonnell Ranges race. Australian Mammalogy 15: 115-119

Eldridge, M.D.B. & Close, R.L. 1995. Black-footed Rock-wallaby Petrogale lateralis. pp. 377-381 in Strahan, R. (ed.). The Mammals of Australia: The National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Sydney : Reed New Holland 756 pp.

Jones, M., Taggart, D.A. & Temple-Smith, P.D. 2004. Age determination and growth in wild Petrogale lateralis pearsoni and captive Petrogale 'MacDonnell ranges race'. Australian Journal of Zoology 52: 447-461

Kinnear, J.E., Onus, M.L. & Sumner, N.R. 1998. Fox control and rock-wallaby population dynamics - II. An update. Australian Wildlife Research 25: 81-88

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

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

Pearson, D. 1992. Distribution and abundance of the black-footed rock-wallaby in the Warburton region of Western Australia. Wildlife Research 19: 605-622

Pearson, D.J. 1992. Past and present distribution and abundance of the black-footed rock-wallaby in the Warburton region of Western Australia. Wildlife Research 19: 605-622

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

Pearson, D.J. & the Ngaanyatjarra Council. 1997. Aboriginal involvement in the survey and management of rock-wallabies. Australian Mammalogy 19: 249-256

Sinclair, A.R.E., Pech, R.P., Dickman, C.R., Hik, D., Mahon, P. & Newsome, A.E. 1998. Predicting effects of predation on conservation of endangered prey. Conservation Biology 12: 564-575


Common Name References

ABRS 2001. Census of Australian Vertebrates. Australian Biological Resources Study. (Black-footed 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)