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 hacketti
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 hacketti.
Other EPBC Act Plans Threat abatement plan to reduce the impacts of exotic rodents on biodiversity on Australian offshore islands of less than 100 000 hectares 2009 (Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA), 2009u) [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 hackettii.
Amendment to the list of threatened species under section 178 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (11/04/2007) (Commonwealth of Australia, 2007f) [Legislative Instrument] as Petrogale lateralis hacketti.
    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 hacketti
Scientific name Petrogale lateralis hacketti [66849]
Family Macropodidae:Diprotodonta:Mammalia:Chordata:Animalia
Species author  
Infraspecies author Thomas, 1905
Reference ANZECC Threatened Fauna List, May 2000
Other names Petrogale lateralis hackettii [66648]
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 Recherche Rock-wallaby has thick, woolly fur which is dark grey-brown above and paler on its chest. It has a distinct white cheek-stripe and a dark brown stripe from between its ears to beyond its shoulders. This subspecies grows to 57 cm long and its brownish-grey tail grows to 60.5 cm long. Males of the subspecies can weigh up to 5 kg and females up to 3.8 kg (Strahan 1998).

Three populations of the Recherche Rock-wallaby exist on Mondrain Island (810 ha), Wilson Island (90 ha) and Westall Island (70 ha) in the Recherche Archipelago, near Esperance, WA (Maxwell et al. 1996), all of which are virtually inaccessible (Pearson & Kinnear 1997). No population size or trend data are available. This subspecies is said to be "fairly plentiful" on Mondrain and Westall Islands (Serventy 1953) and "abundant fresh droppings" were found on Mondrain Island in 1994 (Pearson & Kinnear 1997). Security is probably reasonable but effective population size is likely to be extremely small (see Petrogale lateralis lateralis - Barrow Island population) (Eldridge et al. 1999).

Petrogale lateralis hacketti differs by a centric fusion of chromosomes 6=10 from Petrogale lateralis lateralis (Eldridge & Close 1997; Sharman et al. 1990)

The rocky islands in the Recherche Archipelago have an abundance of cracks and fissures to provide shelter (Serventy 1953). Mondrain Island has low eucalypt woodland and heath, Westall Island has chenopod shrubland and Wilson Island is heathland (Pearson & Kinnear 1997; Willis 1953).

The Recherche Rock-wallaby has been observed feeding on Sporobolus virginicus, Frankenia tetrapetala and Lobelia anceps on Westall Island (Willis 1953). It is undoubtedly a browser on other islands.

No published data are available on the microhabitat requirements or breeding biology of this subspecies, but can probably be assumed to be similar to Petrogale lateralis lateralis (see Petrogale lateralis lateralis).

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
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Restricted geographical distribution (area of occupancy and extent of occurrence) Petrogale lateralis hackettiin Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006st) [Internet].
Species Stresses:Indirect Species Effects:Low genetic diversity and genetic inbreeding Petrogale lateralis hackettiin Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006st) [Internet].
Species Stresses:Indirect Species Effects:Low numbers of individuals Petrogale lateralis hackettiin Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006st) [Internet].

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

Eldridge, M.D.B., J.M. King, A.K. Loupis, P.B.S. Spencer, A.C. Taylor, L.C. Pope & G.P. Hall (1999). Unprecedented low levels of genetic variation and inbreeding depression in an island population of the black-footed rock-wallaby. Conservation Biology. 13: 531-541.

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.

Serventy, V.N. (1953). Mammals. Archipelago of the Recherche. Part 4:40-48. Australian Geographical Society: Melbourne.

Sharman, G.B., R.L. Close & G.M. Maynes (1990). Chromosome evolution, phylogeny and speciation of rock wallabies (Petrogale: Macropodidae). Australian Journal of Zoology. 37: 351-363.

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

Willis, J.H. (1953). Land Flora. Archipelago of the Recherche. Part 3A:Feb-35. Australian Geographical Society: Melbourne.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Petrogale lateralis hacketti in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:49:53 +1000.