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Species Osphranter antilopinus Gould, 1842

Antilopine Wallaroo

  • Osphranter antilopinus Gould, J. 1842. Descriptions of four new species of kangaroos. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1841: 80-83 [Mar. 1842; publication date established from Duncan, F.M. 1937. On the dates of publication of the Society's 'Proceedings', 1859–1926. With an appendix containing the dates of publication of 'Proceedings', 1830–1858, compiled by the late F.H. Waterhouse, and of the 'Transactions', 1853–1869, by the late Henry Peavot, originally published in P.Z.S. 1893, 1913. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 107: 71–84] [80].
    Type data:
     Lectotype BMNH adult skin & damaged skull, Port Essington, NT.


Generic Combinations




Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NT, Qld, WA: Arnhem Coast (ARC), Arnhem Plateau (ARP), Central Arnhem (CA), Central Kimberley (CK), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Dampierland (DL), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Gulf Fall and Uplands (GFU), Gulf Coastal (GUC), Northern Kimberley (NK), Ord Victoria Plain (OVP), Pine Creek (PCK), Tiwi Cobourg (TIW), Victoria Bonaparte (VB), Wet Tropics (WT)

Ecological Descriptors

Folivore, gregarious, nocturnal, terrestrial, woodland.


General References

Calaby, J.H. 1995. Antilopine Wallaroo Macropus antilopinus. pp. 324-325 in Strahan, R. (ed.). The Mammals of Australia: The National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Sydney : Reed New Holland 756 pp.

Croft, D.B. 1982. Some observations on the behaviour of the antilopine wallaroo Macropus antilopinus (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). Australian Mammalogy 5: 5-13

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

Poole, W.E. & Merchant, J.C. 1987. Reproduction in captive wallaroos: the eastern wallaroo, Macropus robustus robustus, the euro M. r. erubescens and the antilopine wallaroo, M. antilopinus. Australian Wildlife Research 14: 225-242

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

Richardson, B.J. & Sharman, G.B. 1976. Biochemical and morphological observations on the wallaroos (Macropodidae: Marsupialia) with a suggested new taxonomy. Journal of Zoology, London 179: 499-513

Ritchie, E.G. 2007. The ecology and conservation of the antilopine kangaroo (Macropus antilopinus). Unpublished Ph.D. thesis. Townsville : James Cook University.

Russell, E.M. & Richardson, B.J. 1971. Some observations on the breeding, age structure, dispersion and habitat of populations of Macropus robustus and Macropus antilopinus (Marsupialia). Journal of Zoology, London 165: 131-142


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 21-Aug-2020 MODIFIED
29-Nov-2016 05-Nov-2010 MOVED
29-Oct-2010 29-Oct-2010 MOVED
12-Feb-2010 (import)