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The Eastern Wallaroo and the Euro
by Linda Dennis
The Eastern Wallaroo and the Euro are the two main subspecies of the species known as the Wallaroo (or Common Wallaroo) - Macropus robustus - also known by some as Osphranter (but this is a proposal only made by Tim Flannery and Co in 2016, the name change has not been approved by the International Commission for Zoologial Nomenclature).

These two subspecies are often confused and mistakenly identified.

The Wallaroo
Macropus robustus

The Eastern Wallaroo is on the left and the Euro is on the right.

Eastern Wallaroo's are greyish in colour and Euro's are reddish in colour.

(the Eastern Wallaroo in this photo is a female and the Euro is a male).

The Eastern Wallaroo also known as the Eastern Grey Wallaroo
Macropus robustus robustus

The male is on the left and the female is on the right.

Wallaroos have shaggy fur, the males being dark grey to black and the females being paler grey.

The Eastern Wallaroo inhabits the eastern and western slopes of the Great Dividing Range.  This species occupies non-arid, temperate to tropical areas.

The Euro also known as the Red Wallaroo and the Roan Wallaroo
Macropus robustus erubescens

The female is on the left and the male is on the right.

Euros have shorter fur which is red in colour. The degree of red colour depends on the location of the individual.  The females are slightly paler than the males.

The Euro can be found over most of the continent westward of the Great Dividing Range.  This species occupies arid areas over much of the mainland, except the extreme northern and southern parts.
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