Red-legged Pademelon, Thylogale stigmatica

The red-legged pademelon (Thylogale stigmatica) is a species of marsupial that can be found on the northeastern coasts of New Guinea and Australia. It prefers a habitat in forested areas, but not arid regions. It occurs quite commonly throughout its range, although it does compete for habitat with the dusky pademelon, which shares its range. It holds four recognized subspecies.

The red-legged pademelon can reach an average length between .9 and 1.9 feet, with a tail length of up to 1.5 feet and weight between 5.5 and 15.4 pounds. It is thought to be solitary in nature, but will gather in small groups when eating. Its diet consists of grasses, leaves, and fallen fruit.

There are no major threats to the red-legged pademelon generally, but in Australia, it is subject to some habitat destruction and hunting by dogs, although it does occur in some protected areas here. Hunting conducted by humans is becoming a threat in New Guinea, where it does not occur in protected areas.  The red-legged pademelon appears on IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Thylogale stigmatica. Credit: John Gould/Wikipedia