Wallaby: Macropus/Thylogale/Dorcopsis sp.

Wallaby

Taxonomy: Animalia; Chordata; Mammalia; Marsupialia; Diprotodontia; Macropodidae; Macropus; Macropus, Thylogale, Dorcopsis, Dorcopsulus, and Osphranter

Common Names: wallabies, wallaby, the forest kangaroo.

Localities: Native to Australia mainly in rugged timber and forested areas. Some relatives in New Guinea.

Description:

The Wallaby is strongly related to the Kangaroo as it represents about 30 species of Macropods from Macropodidae family. Informally it is a common term to describe any macropod that is smaller than a kangaroo or not given another name and can represent one upwards in size to six feet head to tail. Wallabies are small forest dwelling macropods known as “pademelons” and “dorcopsises” and referred to as “wallaby” as named by the Eora tribe near Sydney. They have long tales for balance and strong legs for jumping great distances. They are often grouped by habitat: shrub wallabies, brush wallabies, and rock wallabies. They often have more colorful coats than the Kangaroo. They are named after their size and their “hare”-like behavior. They are marsupials and pouched mammals. Just like with kangaroos, the young wallabies are called “joeys” and adult males as “bucks”, “boomers”, and “jacks”; while females are called “doe”, “flyer”, or “jill”. Groups of wallabies are called “courts”, “mobs”, or “troups”. They are herbivores that dine on grasses, leaves, foliage, and vegetables. They fall under much of the habitat, feeding, and predatory threat concerns as with the Kangaroo. They are attacked by man, wild dogs, feral cats, and foxes; like the kangaroo fend with its powerful hind legs. They are not their own distinct biological group but they do call into several categories. Most of the typical wallabies are from the Macropus genus where they are more closely related to kangaroos and wallaroos, except by size. Rock Wallabies however (from the genus Petrogale) are similar to the goats found in the northern hemisphere and well equipt for rugged terrain with modified feet for gripping rocks. The Lagostophus genus of the Sthenurinae family is similar to giant rabbits and have names such as the Banded hare-wallaby.

Uses:
Hide, leather, meat, food, and medicine.

Culinary:
See our culinary and article about Kangaroo Meat here: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=2218.

Medicinal:
The tender meat is very high in protein and low in fat (less than 2%), has a very high concentration of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which is well known to be anti-carcinogenic and anti-diabetes, reduces obesity, and atherosclerosis.

Folklore and Magical Uses:
Traditionally it was used by the Aboriginees for meat, bone, and tendons. The scrotum was sometimes stuffed as a ball for the football game of “marngrook”.

Written and researched by Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Research Services. November 25, 2011.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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