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Short-eared Rock Wallaby, Petrogale brachyotis

The short-eared rock wallaby (Petrogale brachyotis) can be found in Northern and Western Australia and the far north areas of the Northern Territory. It prefers a habitat within rocky areas in savannahs, gorges, hills, and monsoon forests. Some experts have noted possible subspecies, but these are debatable and have not been classified under the short-eared rock wallaby.

The short-eared rock wallaby is large in comparison to the other members in its genus, the monjon and the nabarlek. It varies in color but is typically greyish brown in color, with short ears and white fur on its legs and face. Populations of this species are inconsistent across its range and it is thought that within the Northern Territory, it may become locally extinct.

Although there are no known major threats to the short-eared rock wallaby, it is thought that changing patterns in wildfires may affect it negatively. It occurs in many protected areas including Purnululu National Park and Kakadu National Park. In order to better understand the status of this species, more research is needed about its habits and how it is affected by possible threats. Currently, the short-eared rock wallaby appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Short-eared Rock Wallaby (Petrogale brachyotis), Litchfield National Park, Australia. Credit: XiscoNL/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Short-eared Rock Wallaby Petrogale brachyotis