Black Striped Wallaby, Macropus dorsalis

The black-striped wallaby (Macropus dorsalis), or the scrub wallaby, is a marsupial that can be found in Australia. Its range extends from New South Wales, where it can be found west of the Great Dividing Range, to Townsville. It prefers a habitat within areas with thick shrub coverage, grasslands, or forested areas.

The black-striped wallaby is similar in appearance to the red-necked wallaby, but it is redder in color and bears a white stripe on its hips. This species also bears a black stripe that extends down its back. It is a social species, gathering in groups of up to twenty individuals. Pregnancy can last for up to thirty-six days, after which one joey is born. The joey will spend between 196 and 225 days within its mother’s pouch before emerging. The behaviors of this wallaby are not well known, because it prefers to remain hidden in thick vegetation, but it is known to be nocturnal.

The black-striped wallaby does not appear to have any major threats, although its population numbers are declining. It has lost a relatively large amount of habitat due to human encroachment for agricultural purposes. It is thought to be a pest in some areas of its range and is illegally killed in others, but these threats are not considered dangerous to overall population numbers. The black-striped wallaby occurs in several protected areas and appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Macropus dorsalis formerly known as Halmaturus dorsalis. Credit: John Gould /Wikipedia