Species Profile and Threats Database

For information to assist proponents in referral, environmental assessments and compliance issues, refer to the Policy Statements and Guidelines (where available), the Conservation Advice (where available) or the Listing Advice (where available).
In addition, proponents and land managers should refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice (where available) for recovery, mitigation and conservation information.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Vulnerable as Petrogale lateralis West Kimberley race
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan required, included on the Commenced List (1/11/2009).
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans Recovery plan for five species of rock wallabies: Black-footed rock wallaby (Petrogale lateralis), Rothschild rock wallaby (P. rothschildi), Short-eared rock wallaby (P. brachyotis), Monjon (P. burbidgei) and Nabarlek (P. concinna) 2012-2022 (Pearson, D.J., 2013) [Recovery Plan] as Petrogale lateralis West Kimberley race.
Other EPBC Act Plans Threat Abatement Plan for Predation by the European Red Fox (Environment Australia (EA), 1999a) [Threat Abatement Plan].
Threat Abatement Plan for Predation by Feral Cats (Environment Australia (EA), 1999b) [Threat Abatement Plan].
Threat Abatement Plan for Competition and Land Degradation by Feral Goats (Environment Australia (EA), 1999d) [Threat Abatement Plan].
Policy Statements and Guidelines Survey guidelines for Australia's threatened mammals. EPBC Act survey guidelines 6.5 (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC), 2011j) [Admin Guideline].
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
Declaration under s178, s181, and s183 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of threatened species, List of threatened ecological communities and List of threatening processes (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000) [Legislative Instrument] as Petrogale lateralis West Kimberley race.
    Documents and Websites
The action plan for threatened Australian macropods 2011-2021 (World Wildlife Fund for Nature - Australia (WWF), 2011).
State Listing Status
WA: Listed as Vulnerable (Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 (Western Australia): September 2013 list) as Petrogale lateralis ssp. (ANWC M15135)
Scientific name Petrogale lateralis West Kimberley race [66650]
Family Macropodidae:Diprotodonta:Mammalia:Chordata:Animalia
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Other names Petrogale lateralis ssp. (ANWC M15135) [84901]
Distribution map Species Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.

Illustrations Google Images

The Black-footed Rock-wallaby (West Kimberley race) is a dark grey-brown marsupial with a thick, woolly coat. It has a distinct white cheek-stripe and a dark brown to black stripe from between the ears to beyond the shoulders. This subspecies grows to 47.5 cm long and weighs up to 3.5 kg. It has a brownish-grey tail with a black tip growing to 52 cm long (Strahan 1998).

This subspecies is known to occur at scattered localities in the west Kimberley region including Grant and Edgar Ranges, Mt Wynne, Mt Anderson and Mt Alexander (Pearson & Kinnear 1997).

Security of the populations is unknown but likely to be poor.

Petrogale lateralis West Kimberly race differs from Petrogale lateralis lateralis by an 8-10 centric fusion (Eldridge & Close 1997; Sharman et al. 1980).

This subspecies inhabits sandstone cliffs and escarpments with surrounding vegetation including hummock grasslands and Acacia scrubs (Pearson & Kinnear 1997).


The following table lists known and perceived threats to this species. Threats are based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat classification version 1.1.

Threat Class Threatening Species References
Agriculture and Aquaculture:Livestock Farming and Grazing:Grazing pressures and associated habitat changes Petrogale lateralis West Kimberley racein Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006sw) [Internet].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or predation Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox, Fox) Petrogale lateralis West Kimberley racein Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006sw) [Internet].

Eldridge, M.D.B. & R.L. Close (1997). Chromosomes and evolution in rock-wallabies, Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). Australian Mammalogy. 19: 123-135.

Maxwell, S., A.A. Burbidge & K. Morris (1996). The 1996 Action Plan for Australian Marsupials and Monotremes. [Online]. Wildlife Australia, Environment Australia. Available from:

Pearson, D.J. & J.E. Kinnear (1997). A review of the distribution, status and conservation of rock-wallabies in Western Australia. Australian Mammalogy. 19:137-152.

Sharman, G.B., C.E. Murtagh, P.M. Johnson & C.M. Weaver (1980). The chromosomes of a rat-kangaroo attributable to Bettongia tropica (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). Australian Journal of Zoology. 28:59-63.

Strahan, R. (Ed.) (1998). The Mammals of Australia, Second Edition, rev. Sydney, NSW: Australian Museum and Reed New Holland.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Petrogale lateralis West Kimberley race in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:33:39 +1000.