Tammar Wallaby

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Tammar Wallaby
Conservation status: Lower risk (nt)
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Tammar


Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Subclass:Marsupialia
Order:Diprotodontia
Family:Macropodidae
Genus:Macropus
Species:M. eugenii
Binomial name
Macropus eugenii
Desmarest, 1817

The Tammar Wallaby (Macropus eugenii) is a small member of the kangaroo family and is the type species for research on kangaroos and marsupials.

They are found on offshore islands on the South Australian and Western Australian coast. They are classified as vermin on Kangaroo Island, where they seasonally breed up to large numbers and damage echidna habitat on the island.

Tammar Wallabies are also found in New Zealand where they were transported from the South Australian mainland population which has since been driven to extinction by feral cats and foxes.

Also known as the Darma Wallaby, the Tammar Wallaby's small size (approx 8kg, similar to a large cat) and ease of keeping in captivity makes it a popular zoo animal.

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