Order: Marsupialia Family: Macropodidae
Wallaby Macropus rufogriseus

 Red-necked, brush, scrub and Bennett's are names given to the wallaby M. rufogriseus.

 M.rufogriseus is a member of the order Marsupialia which are pouch bearing mammals. They give birth to undeveloped off-spring named joeys.

 Joeys have a gestation period of 30 days. At birth they crawl from the mother's vent along the fur to the pouch where  they remain for 9 months.

 Adult males stand 90.0 cms tall, weigh up to 24.0 kilograms, while females stand 70.0 cms tall and weigh up to 9.0 kilograms.


 Wallaby are grazers, and frequently are observed browsing off palatable tree species. They have a small head, relative to the length of limbs and tail.

 The skeleton has unusual features:

 (1) large hind limbs, with a very large foot representing the extreme example of foot structure characterizing diprotodont marsupials.

 (2) Forelimbs, large, with most of length in the long forearm (radius) bone that is longer than the humerus.

 (3) Epipubic bones, located on the pelvic bone.

 (4) Skull, lower, inner rear portion of the jaw is characterized by an indentation, the marsupial shelf. This feature characterizes the Order Marsupialia.

 (5) Large prehensile tail, used for balance when the wallaby is hoping. Note: M. rufogriseus is not a protected species in New Zealand, nor Cites listed.