Nature conservation

Threatened species

Black-striped Wallaby - 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: Macropus dorsalis
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 21 Jun 2018


The Black-striped Wallaby is a small to medium-sized wallaby, grey-brown in colour with a narrow black stripe running down the centre of the back. It is smaller and more colourful than the more common Red-necked Wallaby, with rust-red patches on the shoulders, arms and upper legs and prominent white cheek- and hip-stripes. It also has a distinctive gait, hopping with a hunched or crouched stance.


From the Townsville area in Queensland to northern NSW where it occurs on both sides of the Great Divide. On the north west slopes of NSW it occurs in Brigalow remnants to south of Narrabri. On the north coast it is confined to the upper catchments of the Clarence and Richmond Rivers.

Habitat and ecology

  • Preferred habitat is characterised by dense woody or shrubby vegetation within three metres of the ground. This dense vegetation must occur near a more open, grassy area to provide suitable feeding habitat.
  • On the north west slopes, associated with dense vegetation, including brigalow, ooline and semi-evergreen vine thicket.
  • On the north coast, closely associated with dry rainforest but also occur in moist eucalypt forest with a rainforest understorey or a dense shrub layer.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Brigalow Belt SouthLiverpool Plains Known North of Gunnedah
Brigalow Belt SouthNorthern Basalts Known None
Brigalow Belt SouthNorthern Outwash Known None
Brigalow Belt SouthPilliga Known None
Brigalow Belt SouthPilliga Outwash Known None
NandewarNandewar Northern Complex Known None
NandewarPeel Known None
New England TablelandsStanthorpe Plateau Predicted None
NSW North CoastCataract Known None
NSW North CoastRocky River Gorge Known None
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Known North of Mt Neville Nature Reserve
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known West of Kyogle
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Known None