Macropus robustus (*)
Macropus robustus Gould, 1841
Type locality: Australia, New South Wales, interior (summit of mountains)
* Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 1840: 92 .
The Eastern Wallaroo (Macropus robustus robustus) also known as the Common Wallaroo or the Hill Wallaroo is part of the Wallaroo family (Macropus robustus). It is a large, variable species of macropod (same as the Kangaroo).
Many mistakenly believe that the Eastern Wallaroo and the Euro the same species, but they are actually two distinct sub-species. The Eastern Wallaroo (Macropus robustus robustus)- which is grey in colour - occupies the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range and the Euro (Macropus robustus erubescens) - rufous in colour - occupies land westward.
The Eastern Wallaroo is mostly nocturnal and solitary, and is one of the more common macropods. It makes a loud hissing noise and some subspecies are sexually dimorphic, like most wallaroos.
There are four subspecies of the Wallaroo:
M. r. robustus - Found in eastern Australia, males of this subspecies have dark fur, almost resembling Woodward's Wallaroo (Macropus bernardus). Females are lighter, being almost sandy in colour.
The Eastern Wallaroo as a species is not considered to be threatened, but the Barrow Island subspecies (M. r. isabellinus) is classified as vulnerable.
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