The Rufous Hare-Wallaby (Dorre Island) is a grey-brown marsupial with a dark grey head and long, soft fur. Males of this subspecies grow to 36 cm and females grow to 39 cm. The average tail length is 27 cm.
Rufous Hare-wallaby (Dorre Island) |
Lagorchestes hirsutus dorreae
Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Lagorchestes hirsutus dorreae
Threats The main identified threats to the Rufous Hare wallaby (Dorre Island) include habitat degradation grazing frequent and extensive wildfire and inbreeding depression and stochastic events due to the small population size and restricted distribution.
Australian Government, Listing Advice, Lagorchestes hirsutus dorreae
Potential Potential threats include a major fire event; disease; development and the accidental introduction of feral predators (Richards; 2007).
If a potential threat was to eventuate during prolonged drought conditions (causing a population slump) the subspecies geographic distribution may contract rapidly.