Dusky Pademelon range
(brown — extant, orange — possibly extinct)
The dusky pademelon or dusky wallaby (Thylogale brunii) is a species of marsupial in the Macropodidae family. It is found in the Aru and Kai islands and the Trans Fly savanna and grasslands ecoregion of Papua Province of Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, dry savanna, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, and subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland. It is threatened by habitat loss.
The scientific name of this pademelon honors Cornelis de Bruijn, the Dutch painter who first described it in the second volume of his Travels, originally published in 1711. There de Bruijn labeled his description with a common name then current, philander (“friend of man”). A later common name was Aru Island wallaby.
- Leary, T., Seri, L., Flannery, T., Wright, D., Hamilton, S., Helgen, K., Singadan, R., Menzies, J., Allison, A. & James, R. (2008). Thylogale brunii. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 29 December 2008. Database entry includes justification for why this species is listed as vulnerable
- Livius.org on Cornelis de Bruijn, by Jona Lendering.