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  Mareeba Rock-wallaby (Petrogale mareeba)





Mareeba Rock-wallaby | Petrogale mareeba photo
Mareeba Rock Wallaby (Petrogale mareeba) and Joey at Granite Gorge

Image by Richard.Fisher - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



MAMMAL FACTS

Description
The Mareeba rock-wallaby varies, from almost black to grey-brown to light brown. It has lighter underparts, and side of face. The tail is usually dark brown or black at tip. The darker ones tend to live where the natural rock is darker.

Size
body 43-50cm. Tail 45-50cm.

Habitat
Shelters in rocky terrain adjacent to feeding areas

Food
grasses

Breeding
Gestation period is about 30-32 days.

Range
far north Queensland around the Gulf of Carpentaria

Notes
The Mareeba Rock-wallaby used to be called a subspecies of the Unadorned Rock-wallaby (Petrogale inornata). The P. inornata species was split into three separate species in 1992.



Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Diprotodontia
Family:Macropodidae
Genus:Petrogale
Species:mareeba
Common Name:Mareeba Rock-wallaby

Relatives in same Genus
  Allied Rock Wallaby (P. assimilis)
  Black-footed Rock-wallaby (P. lateralis)
  Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby (P. penicillata)
  Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby (P. xanthopus)