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: 08 Feb 2022


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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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
New England TablelandsNortheast Forest Lands Predicted None
New England TablelandsWalcha Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastBarrington Known None
NSW North CoastCarrai Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastCataract Known None
NSW North CoastChaelundi Known None
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known None
NSW North CoastComboyne Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastDalmorton Known None
NSW North CoastKaruah Manning Known None
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known None
NSW North CoastMummel Escarpment Known None
NSW North CoastTomalla Known None
NSW North CoastUpper Manning Known None
NSW North CoastWashpool Known None
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted None
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Known None
Sydney BasinWyong Known West of Sydney to Newcastle Freeway
Sydney BasinYengo Predicted None