Thylogale thetis Click to enlarge image
GAH-36513.tif Image: G A Hoye
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    thetis
    Genus
    Thylogale
    Family
    Macropodidae
    Order
    Diprotodontia
    Class
    Mammalia
    Phylum
    Chordata
  • Size Range
    Up to 62 cm

Brownish-grey wallaby, paler ventrally, with distinct reddish neck and shoulders, short tailed.

Identification

A medium-sized, short-tailed, brownish-grey wallaby that is paler ventrally (on the belly), with distinct reddish neck and shoulders. No obvious facial markings. Tail length shorter than body length. Males larger than females.

Habitat

Rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest.

Distribution

Eastern Australia.



Feeding and diet

A shy and mostly nocturnal species that rarely moves far from dense cover. Rare within dense forest, but more common where forest is adjacent to grassland. Here they spend the day resting in the forest before emerging in the evening along well established runways, into more open areas to feed on grasses, forbs and shrubs. Home range of 5-30 ha. Males are significantly larger than females.

Breeding behaviours

They breed throughout the year. Sexual maturity is reached at approx. 18 months.