Animalia > Chordata > Mammalia > Diprotodontia > Potoroidae > Aepyprymnus > Aepyprymnus rufescens

Aepyprymnus rufescens (Rufous Rat-kangaroo; rufous 'rat'-kangaroo)

Synonyms: Bettongia rufescens (homotypic)

Wikipedia Abstract

The rufous rat-kangaroo (Aepyprymnus rufescens), also known as the rufous bettong, is a small marsupial species of the family Potoroidae found in Australia. It is found in coastal and subcoastal regions from Newcastle in New South Wales to Cooktown in Queensland, and was formerly found in the Murray River Valley of New South Wales and Victoria. It is not classified as threatened. The rufous bettong is about the size of a full grown rabbit.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 17.46
EDGE Score: 2.92


Adult Weight [1]  7.165 lbs (3.25 kg)
Diet [2]  Herbivore
Diet - Plants [2]  100 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Female Maturity [1]  11 months 3 days
Male Maturity [1]  1 year
Gestation [1]  23 days
Litter Size [1]  1
Litters / Year [1]  3
Maximum Longevity [1]  13 years
Nocturnal [2]  Yes
Snout to Vent Length [3]  20 inches (52 cm)
Weaning [1]  5 months 12 days


Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Lamington National Park II 50970 Queensland, Australia
Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area Ramsar Site   Queensland, Australia

Prey / Diet

Murdannia graminea[4]


Range Map

External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
4"Seasonal Field Energetics of the Rufous Rat-Kangaroo (Aepyprymnus rufescens)", IR Wallis and B Green, Australian Journal of Zoology 40(3) 279 - 290 (1992)
5Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
7Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
8International Flea Database
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0