Northern bettong Bettongia tropica, from the Queensland Government.

Belongs within: Diprotodontia.
Contains: Macropodidae.

The Macropodiformes are a group of mostly herbivorous marsupials (though the Hypsiprymnodontidae are omnivorous), including the wallabies and kangaroos. Members of this group have the hind feet enlarged for rapid, often bounding locomotion.

Characters (from Long et al. 2002): Dentary bearing masseteric canal. Hind foot with fourth digit hypertrophied.

Macropodoidea [Hypsiprymnodontidae, Macropodiformes]PW10
    |  i. s.: Palaeopotorous Flannery & Rich 1986LA02
    |           `--*P. priscus Flannery & Rich 1986LA02
    |  `--Hypsiprymnodon Ramsay 1876 [Hypsiprymnodontinae]LA02
    |       |--*H. moschatus Ramsay 1876 [=Pleopus moschatus]LA02
    |       `--H. bartholomaii Flannery & Archer 1987LA02
    `--Balbaridae [Balbarinae]LA02
         |--Wururoo Cooke 1997LA02
         |    `--*W. dayamayi Cooke 1997LA02
         |--Galanarla Flannery, Archer & Plane 1983BA12, LA02
         |    `--*G. tessellata Flannery, Archer & Plane 1983LA02
         |--Balbaroo Flannery, Archer & Plane 1983LA02
         |    |--*B. camfieldensis Flannery, Archer & Plane 1983LA02
         |    |--B. fangaroo Cooke 2000LA02
         |    `--B. gregoriensis Flannery, Archer & Plane 1983LA02
         |--Ganawamaya Cooke 1992LA02
         |    |--*G. acris Cooke 1992LA02
         |    |--G. aediculis Cooke 1992LA02
         |    `--G. ornata Cooke 1992LA02
         `--Nambaroo Flannery & Rich 1986LA02
              |--*N. tarrinyeri Flannery & Rich 1986LA02
              |--N. bullockensis Schwartz & Megirian 2004BA12
              |--N. couperi Cooke 1997LA02
              |--N. gillespiae Kear et al. 2007BA12
              |--N. novus Flannery & Rich 1986LA02
              `--N. saltavus Flannery & Rich 1986LA02

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BA12] Black, K. H., M. Archer, S. J. Hand & H. Godthelp. 2012. The rise of Australian marsupials: a synopsis of biostratigraphic, phylogenetic, palaeoecologic and palaeobiogeographic understanding. In: Talent, J. A. (ed.) Earth and Life: Global biodiversity, extinction intervals and biogeographic perturbations through time pp. 983–1078. Springer.

[LA02] Long, J., M. Archer, T. Flannery & S. Hand. 2002. Prehistoric Mammals of Australia and New Guinea: One Hundred Million Years of Evolution. University of New South Wales Press: Sydney.

[PW10] Prideaux, G. J., & N. M. Warburton. 2010. An osteology-based appraisal of the phylogeny and evolution of kangaroos and wallabies (Macropodidae: Marsupialia). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 159 (4): 954–987.

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