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Common Wallaroo
Macropus robustus2
Information
Common Name Wallaroo, Euro (Macropus robustus erubescens) and Hill Wallaroo
Range Australia
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Diprotodontia
Family Macropodidae
Genus Macropus
Species Macropus robustus
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Common wallaroo or wallaroo (Macropus robustus), also known as euro or hill wallaroo, is a species of wallaroo. Particularly one subspecies (Macropus robustus erubescens) is commonly called euro.

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.

Subspecies[]

There are four subspecies of the common wallaroo:

  • Eastern wallaroo (Macropus robustus robustus): Found in eastern Australia, males of this subspecies have dark fur, almost resembling the black wallaroo (Macropus bernardus). Females are lighter, being almost sandy in colour.
  • Euro (Macropus robustus erubescens): Found on covering most of its remaining range, this subspecies is variable, but mostly brownish in colour.
  • Macropus robustus isabellinus: This subspecies is restricted to Barrow Island in Western Australia, and is comparatively small. It is uniformly reddish brown.
  • Macropus robustus woodwardi: This subspecies is found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and in a band running through Northern Territory. It is the palest subspecies and is a dull brown-grey colour.

Status[]

The eastern wallaroo as a species is not considered to be threatened, but the Barrow Island subspecies (Macropus robustus isabellinus) is classified as vulnerable.

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