Notamacropus greyi Waterhouse, 1845:122
Toolache wallaby, Grey's wallaby, Captain Grey's kangaroo (Gray, 1843:90), Monkeyface (archaic), Onetwo (archaic)
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Synonym/s: Halmaturus Greyii Gray, 1843:90 [nomen nudum]; Macropus greyi Waterhouse, 1845:122; Halmaturus greyi Waterhouse, 1845:122; Wallabia greyi Waterhouse, 1845:122
Last record (wild): 1927 (Dickman, 2007:228)
Last record (captivity): 30 June 1939 (Robinson & Young, 1983); 10 July 1939; 1943 (unconfirmed record; Flannery et al., 1990:65-66)
IUCN RedList status: Extinct
Because it was such a beautiful species, it was extensively hunted for its fur. The last known wild mob lived on Konetta Station, South Australia in 1924 (Finlayson, 1927). And the last known individual of this species was a captive specimen which died at Robe, twenty-six miles north-west of Konetta, in 1939. However, claims of more recent survival exist right up until the early 1970's (Smith & Robinson, 2008).
South Australia (southeastern) & Victoria, Australia
Biology & Ecology
The Western brush wallaby (Macropus irma) is the closest living relative of the Toolache wallaby (Cardillo et al., 2004; Celik et al., 2019) and shares the same characteristic black hands and feet, giving it its other common name of Black-gloved wallaby.
Lectotype: BMNH 22.214.171.124 (adult male) & BMNH 126.96.36.199 (skull) (locality: Coorong, South Australia)
MCM D209 (Fisher, 1984:209)
MCM D209a (Fisher, 1984:209)
There exists footage of the last captive animal, a female, which has been published as a VHS videotape (Cotton, 1970?) (see here). Stills from this film were utilised by (Robinson & Young, 1983).
Source: Gould, John. (1863). Mammals of Australia. London. [image available here]
Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Original scientific description:
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