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2011-08-21 14:54:24

While sequencing the DNA of a member of the kangaroo family for the first time, an international team of researchers believe they have identified the gene responsible for the creature's hop, Judith Burns of BBC News reported on Friday. The project, which is detailed in the latest issue of the journal Genome Biology, centers around the tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii), a smaller species of kangaroo located on islands off the south and west coasts of Australia. According to Burns, this...


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Black Striped Wallaby, Macropus dorsalis
2013-09-05 11:20:19

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...

Agile Wallaby, Macropus agilis
2013-09-05 11:16:25

The agile wallaby (Macropus agilis), or the sandy wallaby, is a marsupial that can be found in New Guinea and northern Australia. It is the most common wallaby species in its Australian range, where it prefers to reside near streams or rivers in open grasslands, woodlands, and coastal areas. In New Guinea, it prefers to reside in lowland savannah habitats. It holds four recognized subspecies. The agile wallaby is light tan in color, with pale fur occurring on the underbelly. It is a social...

Tammar Wallaby, Macropus eugenii
2013-08-21 14:39:46

The tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii), also known as the darma wallaby or dama wallaby, is a marsupial that can be found in western and southern areas of Australia. It has also been introduced into areas of Australia where it once lived and into New Zealand. It prefers a habitat within grassland areas. The tammar wallaby was first discovered in 1817 by a French naturalist named Anselme Gaëtan Desmarest. He found the wallaby on Ile Eugene, an island off the coast of Southern Australia, and...

Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Macropus giganteus
2013-06-07 13:57:48

The eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), also known as the Forester kangaroo or the great grey kangaroo, is a marsupial that can be found in eastern and southern areas of Australia. It prefers a habitat within woodlands, coastlines, inland scrublands, and mountainous forests. It is more common to see this species than the red kangaroo, although the red kangaroo is more well-known. The eastern grey kangaroo varies in size depending on the sex, with males typically growing larger than...

Western Grey Kangaroo, Macropus fuliginosus
2013-06-07 13:51:35

The western grey kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus), also known as the red-faced kangaroo, sooty kangaroo, mallee kangaroo, or carno kangaroo, is a macropod that can be found in Southern Australia. Its range extends from the Murray–Darling Basin in New South Wales to western Victoria and to the south of Shark Bay, and also includes Queensland and coastal areas of Southern Australia. The western grey kangaroo holds two recognized subspecies. Macropus fuliginosus fuliginosus, which can be found...

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