Black-footed Rock-wallaby

Petrogale lateralis

TL 853–1,160mm, including tail 407–605mm


What does it look like? Generally dark brown, streaked with silver above, more greyish on shoulders, and with white and dark brown stripe along sides. Head brownish on forehead and snout, with pale buff cheek-stripe and greyish on lower jaw and cheeks. Ears have dark brown tips and white bases.

Where is it found? Highly fragmented in arid southern NT, northern SA and eastern WA, but also isolated subpopulations in western and northern WA and Barrow Island. Introduced to south-western WA and islands off southern SA.

What are its habitats & habits? Occupies rocky areas, where it shelters by day in caves or deep crevices, emerging at dusk to feed on variety of plant material, including grasses, leaves, herbs, fruits and seeds.

Interesting fact: First recorded by Matthew Flinders in 1802 during his voyage on the Investigator.