The tammar wallaby is a small macropod native to South and Western
Australia. Though its geographical range has been severely reduced since
European colonisation, the tammar is common within its reduced range and
is listed as of Least Concern by the International Union for
Conservation of Nature. It has been introduced to New Zealand and
reintroduced to some areas of Australia where it had been previously
eradicated. Skull differences distinguish tammars from Western
Australia, Kangaroo Island and mainland South Australia, making them
distinct populations groups or possibly different subspecies. Around the
size of a rabbit, the tammar is among the smallest of the wallabies. Its
coat is largely grey. It has colour vision, can drink seawater, and can
hop efficiently using tendons that act like springs. A nocturnal
species, it spends nighttime in grassland habitat and daytime in shrub.
It is very gregarious and has a seasonal, promiscuous mating pattern. A
female tammar can nurse a joey in her pouch while keeping an embryo in
her uterus. The tammar is a model species for research on marsupials,
and on mammals in general. It is one of many organisms whose genome has
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