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Macropus agilis

Macropus agilis (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Marsupialia
Ordo: Diprotodontia
Subordo: Macropodiformes
Familia: Macropodidae
Subfamilia: Macropodinae
Genus: Macropus
Species: Macropus agilis
Subspecies: M. a. jardinii - M. a. nigrescens - M. a. papuanus


Macropus agilis (Gould, 1842)

Type locality: Australia, Northern Territory, Port Essington

Vernacular names
English: Agile Wallaby
Français: wallaby agile
日本語: スナイロワラビー

* Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 1841: 81 [1842].
Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2 Volume Set edited by Don E. Wilson, DeeAnn M. Reeder

The Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis), also known as the Sandy Wallaby, is a species of wallaby found in northern Australia and New Guinea. It is the most common wallaby in Australia's north.[3]

The Agile Wallaby, as its alternative name implies, is a sandy colour becoming paler below. It is a sociable animal and grazes on grasses and other plants.[3]

There are four subspecies of the Agile Wallaby:

M. a. agilis - the nominate subspecies is found in Northern Territory;
M. a. jardinii - this subspecies is found on the northern and eastern coasts of Queensland;
M. a. nigrescens - found in the Kimberley and Arnhem Land regions of Western Australia;
M. a. papuanus - found in southern and southeastern Papua New Guinea and some neighbouring islands.[4]

The Agile Wallaby is not considered threatened.[2]


^ Groves, C. (2005). Wilson, D. E., & Reeder, D. M, eds. ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 63. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.
^ a b Aplin, K., Dickman, C., Salas, L., Woinarski, J. & Winter, J. (2008). Macropus agilis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 28 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
^ a b Menkhorst, Peter (2001). A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Oxford University Press. p. 110.
^ Merchant, J.C. (1983). Agile Wallaby in The Complete Book of Australian Mammals (ed. Ronald Strahan). Angus & Robertson. p. 242.

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