Red-necked wallaby Macropus rufogriseus, photographed by J. J. Harrison.

Belongs within: Macropodinae.

Macropus is a genus of mostly grass-eating kangaroos, including the larger living kangaroos and a number of smaller wallabies.

<==Macropus Shaw 1790ICZN66 [incl. Yerbua Forster 1778 (nom. rej.)R64]
    |  i. s.: M. bennetti [incl. Protemnodon rufogrisea frutica]M64
    |         M. dryas De Vis 1895LA02
    |         M. lanigerG41
    |         M. narada Bartholomai 1978LA02
    |         M. rama Bartholomai 1975LA02
    |         M. ruficollisF71
    |         M. thetidesH71
    |         M. woodsi Bartholomai 1975LA02
    |--+--M. pavana Bartholomai 1978LA02, PW10, LA02 [=M. (Osphranter) pavanaPW10]
    |  `--M. (Macropus) [incl. Fissuridon Bartholomai 1973]LA02
    |       |  i. s.: M. (M.) mundjabus Flannery 1980LA02
    |       |         M. (M.) pan De Vis 1895LS01
    |       |         M. (M.) pearsoni (Bartholomai 1973) [=*Fissuridon pearsoni]LA02
    |       |--M. (M.) fuliginosus Desmarest 1817PW10, FS15, RL05 [=M. major fuliginosusS61]
    |       |    |--M. f. fuliginosusCOA02
    |       |    `--M. f. melanops Gould 1842COA02, G42 [=M. major melanopsS61]
    |       `--+--*M. (M.) giganteus Shaw 1790ICZN66, FS15, ICZN66 (see below for synonymy)
    |          |    |--M. g. giganteusLA02
    |          |    |--M. ‘major’ ocydromusS61
    |          |    |--M. g. tasmaniensisUSDI77 [=M. major tasmaniensisS61]
    |          |    `--M. g. titan Owen 1838LA02, F71
    |          `--M. (M.) ferragus Owen 1874LA02, FS15, LA02 [=Pachysiagon ferragusF71]
    `--+--Wallabia Trouessart 1905FS15, LA02
       |    |--*W. bicolor (Desmarest 1804)LA02 [=Macropus bicolorPW10, Protemnodon bicolorS61; incl. M. ualabatusS61]
       |    |--W. eugeniiTL70
       |    |--W. indra (De Vis 1895)LA02
       |    `--W. kitcheneri Flannery 1989LA02
       `--+--+--M. bernardus Rothschild 1904FS15, S11
          |  `--M. (Osphranter Gould 1842)LA02
          |       |--M. (O.) rufus (Desmarest 1822)DMW99, FS15, S02 [=Megaleia rufaM64]
          |       `--+--M. (*O.) antilopinus (Gould 1842)LA02, FS15, LA02
          |          `--+--M. altusWH02
          |             `--M. (O.) robustus Gould 1841PW10, FS15, S02
          |                  |--M. r. robustusCOA02
          |                  |--M. r. erubescensCOA02
          |                  `--M. r. isabellinus (Gould 1841) [=Osphranter isabellinus]T13
          `--+--M. irma Jourdan 1837FS15, RL05
             `--M. (Notamacropus Dawson & Flannery 1985)LA02
                  |  i. s.: M. (N.) thor (De Vis 1895)LA02
                  |--M. (N.) rufogriseus (Desmarest 1817)DMW99, FS15, BT79
                  `--+--+--M. parryi Bennett 1835FS15, S11 [=Protemnodon parryiS61]
                     |  `--+--M. dorsalis (Gray 1837)FS15, CO03
                     |     `--M. parmaFS15
                     `--+--M. (*N.) agilis (Gould 1842)LA02, FS15, LA02 [=Halmaturus agilisB96]
                        `--+--M. (N.) eugenii (Desmarest 1817)PW10, FS15, CO03
                           `--M. greyiFS15 [=Wallabia greyiWJ26]

*Macropus (Macropus) giganteus Shaw 1790ICZN66, FS15, ICZN66 [=Mus canguru Statius Müller 1776 (nom. rej.)CMR63, Didelphis canguruICZN66, Didelphys canguruICZN66, Jaculus canguruICZN66, Macropus canguruICZN66, Wallabia canguruCMR63, Yerbua kangaruICZN66, Zerbua canguruICZN66, Jaculus giganteus Erxleben 1777 (nom. rej.)ICZN66, Didelphis giganteusICZN66, Didelphys giganteusICZN66, Yerboa gigantea Zimmermann 1777 (nom. inv.)R64, Macropus major Shaw 1800CMR63]

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[B96] Broom, R. 1896. Report on a bone breccia deposit near the Wombeyan Caves, N.S.W.: with descriptions of some new species of marsupials. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 21 (1): 48–61, pls 6–8.

[CMR63] Calaby, J. H., G. Mack & W. D. L. Ride. 1963. The generic name Macropus Shaw, 1790 (Mammalia). Z.N.(S.) 1584. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 20 (5): 376–379.

[CO03] Cameron, S. L., & P. J. O’Donoghue. 2003. Trichostome ciliates from Australian marsupials. II. Polycosta gen. nov. (Litostomatea: Polycostidae fam. nov.) European Journal of Protistology 39: 83–99.

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[DMW99] Dawson, L., J. Muirhead & S. Wroe. 1999. The Big Sink local fauna: a lower Pliocene mammalian fauna from the Wellington Caves complex, Wellington, New South Wales. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 57: 265–290.

[FS15] Faurby, S., & J.-C. Svenning. 2015. A species-level phylogeny of all extant and late Quaternary extinct mammals using a novel heuristic-hierarchical Bayesian approach. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 84: 14–26.

[F71] Fletcher, H. O. 1971. Catalogue of type specimens of fossils in the Australian Museum, Sydney. Australian Museum Memoir 13: 1–167.

[G41] Gould, J. 1841. On a new species of Hypsiprymnus from King George’s Sound. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 9: 14.

[G42] Gould, J. 1842. On some new species of Australian mammals. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 10: 10–14.

[H71] Holland, G. P. 1971. Two new species and three new subspecies of Acanthopsylla from Australia, with some notes on the genus (Siphonaptera: Pygiopsyllidae). Canadian Entomologist 103: 213–234.

[ICZN66] ICZN. 1966. Opinion 760: Macropus Shaw, 1790 (Mammalia): addition to the official list together with the validation under the plenary powers of Macropus giganteus Shaw, 1790. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 22 (5–6): 292–295.

[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.

[M64] Mykytowycz, R. 1964. Coccidia in wild populations of the red kangaroo, Megaleia rufa (Desmarest), and the grey kangaroo, Macropus canguru (Müller). Parasitology 54: 105–115.

[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.

[RL05] Rafferty, C., & B. B. Lamont. 2005. Selective feeding by macropods on vegetation regenerating following fire. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 88 (4): 155–165.

[R64] Ride, W. D. L. 1964. A list of mammals described from Australia between the years 1933 and 1963 (comprising newly proposed names and additions to the Australian faunal list). Australian Mammal Society Bulletin 7 (Suppl.): 1–15.

[S61] Sharman, G. B. 1961. The mitotic chromosomes of marsupials and their bearing on taxonomy and phylogeny. Australian Journal of Zoology 9 (1): 38–60.

[S11] Smales, L. R. 2011. New species and new locality records of the nematode genus Labiosimplex (Strongylida: Chabertiidae) from macropodid marsupials in Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 26 (2): 183–190.

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[TL70] Turnbull, W. D. & E. L. Lundelius, Jr. 1970. The Hamilton fauna: a Late Pliocene mammalian fauna from the Grange Burn, Victoria, Australia. Fieldiana Geology 19: 1–163.

[USDI77] United States Department of the Interior. 1977. Endangered and threatened wildlife and plants—republication of list of species. Federal Register 42: 36420–36431.

[WJ26] Wood Jones, F. 1926. The R. M. Johnston Memorial Lecture, 1925. The mammalian toilet and some considerations arising from it. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 1925: 14-62.

[WH02] Worthy, T. H., & R. N. Holdaway. 2002. The Lost World of the Moa: Prehistoric life of New Zealand. Indiana University Press: Bloomington (Indiana).

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