Australian Museum Journal A description of Macropus isabellinus, Gould

Shortform:
Waite, 1901, Rec. Aust. Mus. 4(3): 131–134
Author(s):
Waite, Edgar R.
Year published:
1901
Title:
A description of Macropus isabellinus, Gould
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
4
Issue:
3
Start page:
131
End page:
134
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.4.1901.1088
Language:
English
Date published:
29 July 1901
Cover date:
29 July 1901
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
MAMMALIA; TAXONOMY
Digitized:
31 October 2008
Available online:
19 December 2008
Reference number:
1088
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Title page:
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Complete work:
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Abstract

[extract from p. 134, Editor] The skull [of Macropus isabellinus, Gould] differs widely from that of M. rufus; in this species the facial region is proportionately greater than in any other kangaroo, and the nasals are correspondingly long and narrow. In M. isabellinus, as already mentioned, the facial region is the shortest of all the kangaroos, and is, in this respect, nearest allied to M. robustus, in which also the nasals are short and broad.

As M. isabellinus was known only from a skin, and M. magnus, Owen, from a skull, there was, as suggested by Thomas, a possibility that the two were identical. The study of a skull of the former shows that the species are quite distinct. In M. magnus the opening of the lacrymal canal is entirely in the lacrymal bone, the palatal foramina are very long, extending some way into the maxilla, and the posterior palate is very incomplete.