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Wallabia bicolor (Swamp Wallaby)

Synonyms: Kangurus bicolor (homotypic)

Wikipedia Abstract

The swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) is a small macropod marsupial of eastern Australia. This wallaby is also commonly known as the black wallaby, with other names including black-tailed wallaby, fern wallaby, black pademelon, stinker (in Queensland), and black stinker (in New South Wales) on account of its characteristic swampy odour. The swamp wallaby is the only living member of the genus Wallabia.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 11.7
EDGE Score: 2.54


Adult Weight [1]  32.243 lbs (14.625 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  1 grams
Diet [2]  Herbivore
Diet - Plants [2]  100 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Female Maturity [1]  1 year 2 months
Male Maturity [1]  1 year 2 months
Gestation [1]  36 days
Litter Size [1]  1
Litters / Year [1]  1.4
Maximum Longevity [1]  17 years
Nocturnal [2]  Yes
Snout to Vent Length [3]  33 inches (85 cm)
Weaning [1]  8 months 16 days


Protected Areas

Prey / Diet

Cynodon dactylon var. dactylon (manienie)[4]
Melinis minutiflora (puakatau)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Axis porcinus (hog deer)1
Macropus fuliginosus (Western Grey Kangaroo)1
Macropus irma (Western Brush Wallaby)1
Odonaspis australiensis1


Aquila audax (Wedge-tailed Eagle)[5]
Canis lupus dingo (domestic dog)[6]
Varanus varius (Lace Monitor)[7]


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"Feeding Strategies of the Swamp Wallaby, Wallabia bicolor, on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland. I: Composition of Diets.", R Osawa, Australian Wildlife Research 17(6) 615 - 621 (1990)
5Olsen, J., Judge, D., Fuentes, E., Rose, AB and Debus, S. (2010). Diets of Wedge-tailed Eagles (Aquila audax) and Little Eagles (Hieraaetus morphnoides) breeding near Canberra, Australia Journal of Raptor Research 44: 50–61
69.1 Dingo, Canis lupus dingo, L.K. Corbett, Sillero-Zubiri, C., Hoffmann, M. and Macdonald, D.W. (eds). 2004. Canids: Foxes, Wolves, Jackals and Dogs. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan. IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. x + 430 pp.
7Diet of the Lace Monitor Lizard (Varanus varius) in south-eastern Australia, Brian W. Weavers, Australian Zoologist, Vol. 25(3) 83-85
8Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
9Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
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