|Family||Macropodidae||kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos, quokka, pademelons|
3 species in Australia
4th species only in New Guinea
|thought to be a corruption of an Aboriginal word for the Sydney area</>|
|Other common names|
|stigmatica||Red-legged P||Pademelon, Northern Red-legged Pademelon|
|thetis||Red-necked P||Pademelon Wallaby|
|billardierii||Red-bellied P||Tasmanian Pademelon, Rufous Wallaby, Red-bellied Wallaby|
- medium-sized wallabies
- males grow to about 7kg (15lbs); twice the size of females but are about the same height; males are more heavily muscled
- generally solitary but may gather at feeding sites or basking spots in winter
- have established runways into forest from cleared areas where they forage
- home range of 5-6 hectares
- active in late afternoon through to dawn; rest during the day in shallow depressions
- stay close to forest edge when foraging at night
- T. stigmatica - fallen leaves, fresh leaves, berries (Moreton Bay Fig and Burdekin Plum), also ferns, orchids, grasses
- T. billardierii , T.thetis - grasses, herbs, fresh leaves
- breed throughout the year
- sexually mature at 12-18 months
- T. billardierii - gestation 30 days; in pouch for 200 days
- rainforest, dense eucalypt forest
- tend to live on the edge of forest
- eastern Australia; also New Guinea
- dingoes, foxes
- all species are fairly common within their ranges
Where to see Pademelons
References - books
- Australia's Amazing Wildlife, 1985. Bay Books, Kensington NSW.
- Encyclopedia of Australian Wildlife, Reader’s Digest Australia Pty Ltd, 1997. Reader’s Digest (Australia) Pty Ltd, Surrey Hills.
- Complete Book Of Australian Mammals, R Strahan (ed), 1983. Angus & Robertson Publishers, London.
- Encyclopedia of Australian Mammals CD, 1997. Webster Publishing Pty Ltd.