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Red-necked Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) Fact Sheet: Distribution & Habitat

Red-necked Wallaby Macropus rufogriseus

Distribution

(McKenzie et al. 2008)

  • Southeastern Australia and Tasmania
  • Larger coastal islands near Tasmania and in Bass Strait
  • Well-established, introduced populations in Tasmania, New Zealand's South Island (Jackson 2005) (Le Page et al. 2000), and Europe (England, Scotland, Ireland, etc.) (Eldridge and Coulson 2015)
    • These New Zealand populations were founded over as much as 3 generations with between 6-10 individuals
    • Today show reduced genetic diversity due to this reduced population size in the past

Habitat

  • Grassy areas in Eucalyptus forests (Johnson 1987) (Jarman & Calaby 2008)
    • Feed on grass, but require forests or forest remnants, or vegetated gullies for shelter and rest
  • Prefer flat, high ground with grasses and open areas for feeding (Zusi 2010)
    • Use cleared land and disturbed habitats
    • Populations near urban areas show decline, probably due to hunting and to ecosystem disruption
  • Elevations up to 2,000 m (6,562 ft) in New Zealand (Warburton 2005)

Distribution of the Red-necked Wallaby

Red-necked wallaby distribution map

Red-necked wallabies occur in southeastern Australia and Tasmania.

Adapted from www.d-maps.com according to IUCN fact sheet. Click here or on map for detailed distribution (IUCN).

Page Citations

Eldridge and Coulson (2015)
Jackson (2005)
Jarman & Calaby (2008)
Johnson (1987)
Le Page et al. (2000)
McKenzie et al. (2008)
Warburton (2005)
Weir et al. (1995)
Zusi (2010)

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