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Macropus giganteus (Eastern Grey Kangaroo)

Wikipedia Abstract

The eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) is a marsupial found in southern and eastern Australia, with a population of several million. It is also known as the great grey kangaroo and the Forester kangaroo. Although a big eastern grey male typically masses around 66 kg (weight 145 lb.) and stands almost 2 m (6.6 ft.) tall, the scientific name, Macropus giganteus (gigantic large-foot), is misleading: the red kangaroo of the semi-arid inland is larger, weighing up to 90 kg.
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Infraspecies

Macropus giganteus giganteus (Northern grey kangaroo)
Macropus giganteus tasmaniensis (Tasmanian grey kangaroo)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
3
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
21
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 7.4
EDGE Score: 2.13

Attributes

Adult Weight [1]  109.13 lbs (49.50 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  1 grams
Female Maturity [1]  1 year 9 months
Male Maturity [1]  3 years 6 months
Diet [2]  Herbivore
Diet - Plants [2]  100 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Gestation [1]  36 days
Litter Size [1]  1
Litters / Year [1]  1
Maximum Longevity [1]  25 years
Nocturnal [3]  Yes
Speed [4]  34.90 MPH (15.6 m/s)
Weaning [1]  10 months 19 days

Ecoregions

Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Use
Australian Alps montane grasslands Australia Australasia Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Brigalow tropical savanna Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Cape York Peninsula tropical savanna Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Carpentaria tropical savanna Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Eastern Australia mulga shrublands Australia Australasia Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Eastern Australian temperate forests Australia Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Einasleigh upland savanna Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Mitchell grass downs Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Murray-Darling woodlands and mallee Australia Australasia Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub  
Naracoorte woodlands Australia Australasia Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Queensland tropical rain forests Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests  
Simpson desert Australia Australasia Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Southeast Australia temperate forests Australia Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Southeast Australia temperate savanna Australia Australasia Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Tasmanian Central Highland forests Australia Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Tasmanian temperate forests Australia Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Tirari-Sturt stony desert Australia Australasia Deserts and Xeric Shrublands

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Bald Rock National Park II 21998 New South Wales, Australia
Croajingolong National Park II 217067 Victoria, Australia
Girraween National Park II 28978 Queensland, Australia
Grampians National Park II 416373 Victoria, Australia
Hattah-Kulkyne NP and Murray-Kulkyne Park National Park II 122831 Victoria, Australia
Kosciuszko National Park II 1705480 New South Wales, Australia
Lamington National Park II 50970 Queensland, Australia
Maria National Park II 5735 New South Wales, Australia
Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area Ramsar Site   Queensland, Australia
Sundown National Park II 30557 Queensland, Australia
Wilson's Promontory National Park II 119279 Victoria, Australia
Yathong Nature Reserve Ia 270264 New South Wales, Australia

Prey / Diet

Austrostipa variabilis[5]
Casuarina cristata (belah)[5]
Dactyloctenium radulans (buttongrass)[5]
Dichanthium sericeum (silky bluestem)[5]
Eragrostis setifolia (bristleleaf lovegrass)[5]
Hordeum murinum subsp. leporinum[5]
Sporobolus caroli (fairy grass)[5]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Ancepaspis striata1
Casuarinaloma leaii1
Eriococcus constrictus1
Geophaps plumifera (Spinifex Pigeon)1
Lepidosaphes casuarinae1
Macropus rufus (Red Kangaroo)7
Peridiococcus ethelae1
Pseudoripersia brevipes1
Pseudoripersia turgipes (Casuarina mealybug)1

Predators

Aquila audax (Wedge-tailed Eagle)[6]
Boopia mjobergi <Unverified Name>[7]
Echidnophaga myrmecobii (Red flea)[7]
Varanus varius (Lace Monitor)[8]

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Alocostoma clelandi <Unverified Name>[9]
Alocostoma propinquum <Unverified Name>[9]
Amylovorax dehorityi <Unverified Name>[7]
Anoplotaenia dasyuri <Unverified Name>[7]
Austrostrongylus chandleri <Unverified Name>[7]
Austrostrongylus macropodis <Unverified Name>[9]
Austrostrongylus smalesae <Unverified Name>[7]
Bitricha obolata <Unverified Name>[7]
Boopia grandis[7]
Boopia mjobergi <Unverified Name>[7]
Breinlia andersoni <Unverified Name>[9]
Breinlia annulipapillata <Unverified Name>[7]
Breinlia dentonensis <Unverified Name>[9]
Breinlia mundayi <Unverified Name>[9]
Breinlia robertsi <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina artemis <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina australis <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina communis <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina daveyi <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina elegans <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina expansa <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina feronia <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina hera <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina herceus <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina hermes <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina hestia <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina hydriformis <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina leto <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina magnipapillata <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina obtusa <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina pelops <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina selene <Unverified Name>[9]
Cloacina typhon <Unverified Name>[9]
Coronostrongylus coronatus <Unverified Name>[9]
Cryptosporidium fayeri <Unverified Name>[7]
Cryptosporidium macropodum <Unverified Name>[7]
Ctenocephalides felis (Cat flea)[10]
Ctenocephalides felis felis[11]
Dirofilaria roemeri <Unverified Name>[9]
Dirofilaria websteri <Unverified Name>[9]
Durikainema macropi <Unverified Name>[9]
Echidnophaga myrmecobii[11]
Echinococcus granulosus[9]
Eimeria cunnamullensis <Unverified Name>[7]
Eimeria gungahlinensis <Unverified Name>[7]
Eimeria hestermani <Unverified Name>[7]
Eimeria kogoni <Unverified Name>[7]
Eimeria macropodis <Unverified Name>[7]
Eimeria marsupialium <Unverified Name>[7]
Eimeria toganmainensis <Unverified Name>[7]
Eimeria wilcanniensis <Unverified Name>[7]
Eimeria yathongensis <Unverified Name>[7]
Fasciola hepatica (common liver fluke)[9]
Filarinema cassonei <Unverified Name>[9]
Globocephaloides affinis <Unverified Name>[9]
Globocephaloides macropodis <Unverified Name>[9]
Globocephaloides trifidospicularis[9]
Gongylonema alecturae <Unverified Name>[9]
Heterodoxus macropus[7]
Hypodontus macropi <Unverified Name>[9]
Labiostrongylus bipapillosus <Unverified Name>[9]
Labiostrongylus kungi <Unverified Name>[9]
Labiostrongylus laterilabellosus <Unverified Name>[7]
Labiostrongylus longispicularis <Unverified Name>[9]
Labiostrongylus major <Unverified Name>[7]
Macropodinium yalanbense <Unverified Name>[7]
Macroponema comani <Unverified Name>[9]
Macropostrongyloides baylisi <Unverified Name>[9]
Macropoxyuris brevigularis <Unverified Name>[9]
Macropoxyuris longigularis <Unverified Name>[9]
Marsupostrongylus longilarvatus <Unverified Name>[9]
Ortholfersia macleayi[7]
Papillostrongylus barbatus <Unverified Name>[9]
Papillostrongylus labiatus <Unverified Name>[9]
Paramacropostrongylus iugalis <Unverified Name>[9]
Paramacropostrongylus toraliformis <Unverified Name>[9]
Paramacropostrongylus typicus <Unverified Name>[9]
Pelecitus roemeri <Unverified Name>[9]
Pharyngostrongylus kappa <Unverified Name>[9]
Pharyngostrongylus lambda <Unverified Name>[9]
Popovastrongylus macropodis <Unverified Name>[9]
Progamotaenia ewersi <Unverified Name>[9]
Progamotaenia festiva <Unverified Name>[9]
Progamotaenia macropodis <Unverified Name>[9]
Rugopharynx australis[9]
Rugopharynx delta <Unverified Name>[7]
Rugopharynx macropodis <Unverified Name>[9]
Rugopharynx rosemariae <Unverified Name>[9]
Taenia serialis <Unverified Name>[9]
Toxoplasma gondii <Unverified Name>[7]
Triplotaenia fimbriata <Unverified Name>[9]
Triplotaenia undosa <Unverified Name>[9]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

    Maps
Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Almaty State Zoo of Kazakhstan
Aqua Zoo Friesland
Australia Zoogiganteus
Blackbutt Reservegiganteus
Brisbane's Alma Park Zoo
Children's Zoo at Celebration Square
Columbus Zoo and Aquariumgiganteus
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuarygiganteus
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Dreamworld Pty Ltdgiganteus
Erie Zoological Gardens
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
 giganteus
Fota Wildlife Park
Granby Zoo / Zoo de Granbygiganteus
Hai Park Kiriat Motzkin
 giganteus
Kaliningrad Zoo
Kangaroo Conservation Center
 giganteus
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardensgiganteus
Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes
Monde Sauvage Safari SPRL
Novosibirsk Zoological Parkgiganteus
Ogrod Zoologiczny w Poznaniu
Osaka Municipal Tennoji Zool. Gdns.giganteus
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Potawatomi Zoo
 giganteus
Roger Williams Park Zoogiganteus
Saitama Children's Zoogiganteus
San Diego Wild Animal Parkgiganteus
San Diego Zoogiganteus
 major
San Francisco Zoological Gardens
Singapore Zoological Gardens
 giganteus
Taipei Zoo
Taronga Zoogiganteus
The Naples Zoo
The Tisch Family Zoological Gardensgiganteus
Thuringer Zoopark Erfurt
Tiergarten der Stadt Nürnberg
Turtle Back Zoo
Ueno Zoological Gardens
Virginia Zoological Park
Wellington Zoo Trust
 giganteus
Werribee Open Range Zoo
 giganteus
Wildlife World Zoo
Zoo d'Asson
Zoo Krefeld GmbH
Zool.Nacional Parque Metro De Santiago
Zoological Center Tel Aviv - Ramat Gan
Zoologischer Garten Saarbruecken

Range Map

Australia; Croajingolong;

Photos

Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
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4Wikipedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
5DIETS AND FORAGING BEHAVIOUR OF RED AND EASTERN GREY KANGAROOS IN ARID SHRUB LAND: IS FEEDING BEHAVIOUR INVOLVED IN THE RANGE EXPANSION OF THE EASTERN GREY KANGAROO INTO THE ARID ZONE?, TERENCE J. DAWSON, KIRSTEN J. MCTAVISH AND BEVERLEY A. ELLIS, Australian Mammalogy 26: 169-178 (2004)
6Breeding Biology and Diet of the Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax in the New England Region of New South Wales, S.J.S. DEBUS, T.S. HATFIELD, A.J. LEY and A.B. ROSE, AUSTRALIAN FIELD ORNITHOLOGY 2007, 24, 93–120
7Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
8Diet of the Lace Monitor Lizard (Varanus varius) in south-eastern Australia, Brian W. Weavers, Australian Zoologist, Vol. 25(3) 83-85
9Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
10Jorrit 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.
11International Flea Database
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
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