Osphranter bernardus Rothschild, 1904b:543

Black wallaroo, Bernard's wallaroo, Bernard's kangaroo, Black kangaroo, Woodward's wallaroo, Northern black wallaroo, Small black wallaroo



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Dendrodorcopsis woodwardi Rothschild, 1904a:414 (preoccupied); Macropus robustus bernardus Rothschild, 1904b:543; Macropus bernardus Rothschild, 1904b:543


Conservation Status

Last record: 1914?; 1922 (Goodwin & Goodwin, 1973)

Rediscovered in 1969

IUCN RedList status: Near Threatened



Northern Territory (northern), Australia


Biology & Ecology




WAM 17122 (Kitchener & Vicker, 1981:55)
WAM 17123 (Kitchener & Vicker, 1981:55)
WAM 17124 (Kitchener & Vicker, 1981:55)

The first specimen was collected by John T. Tunney, director of the Western Australian Museum, Perth, under the auspices of Walter Rothschild.






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