Nature conservation

Threatened species

Red-legged Pademelon - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Thylogale stigmatica
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 07 Sep 2012


A small, compact wallaby with soft, thick fur, grey brown above, pale grey below and rufous brown on the face, forearms, flanks and hind legs. The tail is short and thick.


Patchily distributed along coastal and subcoastal eastern Australia from Cape York to the Hunter Valley in NSW. Southern range records are from the Watagan Mountains and the Wyong district. There are unconfirmed records from the western New England Tablelands (e.g. west of Emmaville). This species is also found in New Guinea.

Habitat and ecology

  • Inhabits forest with a dense understorey and ground cover, including rainforest, moist eucalypt forest and vine scrub.
  • Wet gullies with dense, shrubby ground cover provide shelter from predators.
  • In NSW, rarely found outside forested habitat.
  • They disperse from dense shelter areas to feed from late afternoon to early morning, favouring native grasses and herbs on the edge of the forest.
  • Also known to feed on fruits, young seedling leaves and stems, fungi and ferns.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

CMA CMA sub-region Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Hunter-Central RiversBarrington Known None
Hunter-Central RiversComboyne Plateau Known None
Hunter-Central RiversKaruah Manning Known None
Hunter-Central RiversMacleay Hastings Predicted None
Hunter-Central RiversMummel Escarpment Known None
Hunter-Central RiversTomalla Known None
Hunter-Central RiversWalcha Plateau Predicted None
Hunter-Central RiversWyong Known West of Sydney-Newcastle Freeway
Hunter-Central RiversYengo Predicted None
Northern RiversCarrai Plateau Known None
Northern RiversCataract Known None
Northern RiversChaelundi Known None
Northern RiversClarence Lowlands Known None
Northern RiversCoffs Coast & Escarpment Known None
Northern RiversComboyne Plateau Known None
Northern RiversDalmorton Known None
Northern RiversMacleay Hastings Known None
Northern RiversMurwillumbah (Qld - Southeast Hills and Ranges) Known None
Northern RiversNortheast Forest Lands Known None
Northern RiversRichmond - Tweed (Qld - Scenic Rim) (Part A) Known None
Northern RiversRichmond - Tweed (Qld - Scenic Rim) (Part B) Known None
Northern RiversUpper Manning Known None
Northern RiversWashpool Known None
Northern RiversWoodenbong Known None