Taxon profile


Red Kangaroo
Macropus rufus (Desmarest, 1822)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Mammalia - mammals »  order Diprotodontia - diprotodont marsupials »  family Macropodidae - kangaroos and wallabies »  genus Macropus »  subgenus Osphranter

Scientific synonyms

Kangurus rufus Desmarest, 1822
Macropus (Osphranter) rufus (Desmarest, 1822)
Megaleia rufa (Desmarest, 1822)
Osphranter rufus (Desmarest, 1822)
Macropus rufus dissimulatus Rothschild, 1905
Macropus rufus dissimulator Lydekker, 1906
Kangurus griseolanosus Quoy & Gaimard, 1825
Kangurus laniger Gaimard, 1823
Macropus lanigerus Gray, 1825
Kangurus lanosus Gray, 1827

Other names

= Plains Kangaroo
= Blue Flier

Least Concern


juvenile animal

Taxon in country check-lists


Included taxa

Number of records: 3

subspecies Macropus rufus dissimilatus W. Rothschild, 1905
subspecies Macropus rufus pallidus Schwarz, 1910
subspecies Macropus rufus rufus (Desmarest, 1822)

Links and literature

EN IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018-1 [40567]

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species [] [as Macropus rufus (Desmarest, 1822)]
Data retrieved on: 3 August 2018
EN Australian Faunal Directory [31a9b8b8-4e8f-4343-a15f-2ed24e0bf1ae]

ABRS (2009-2019): Australian Faunal Directory [], Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra [as Macropus rufus (Desmarest, 1822)]
Data retrieved on: 8 February 2015
EN Wilson D. E., Reeder D. M. (editors) (2005): Mammal Species of the World (MSW). A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed) [] [as Macropus rufus Desmarest, 1822]
Data retrieved on: 5 December 2008
DE Zootier-Lexikon [64:rotes-riesenkaenguru]

Dollinger P.: Zootier-Lexikon
Data retrieved on: 21 November 2018
CZ Anděra M. (1999): České názvy živočichů II. Savci (Mammalia), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 147 pp. [as Macropus rufus (Desmarest, 1822)]
CZ Anděra M. (2011): České názvy živočichů. Savci (Mammalia). Dodatek 1 – Vačnatí (Metatheria), Lynx, n. s. Praha [as Macropus rufus]
Data retrieved on: 8 March 2011

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name only applied to female