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Macropodinae
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae
Subfamily: Macropodinae
Gray, 1821
Genera
10, see text

Macropodinae is a subfamily of marsupials in the family Macropodidae, which includes the kangaroos, wallabies, and related species. The subfamily includes about ten genera and at least 51 species. It includes all living members of the Macropodidae except for the banded hare-wallaby (Lagostrophus fasciatus), the only surviving member of the subfamily Lagostrophinae.

Macropodinae includes the following living genera:

  • Dendrolagus (tree-kangaroos – 14 species)
  • Dorcopsis (greater dorcopsises – 4 species)
  • Dorcopsulus (lesser dorcopsises – 2 species)
  • Lagorchestes (hare-wallabies – 4 species)
  • Macropus (kangaroos, wallaroos, and wallabies – 16 species)
  • Onychogalea (nail-tail wallabies – 3 species)
  • Petrogale (rock-wallabies – 17 species)
  • Setonix (quokka)
  • Thylogale (pademelons – 7 species)
  • Wallabia (swamp wallaby)

Different common names are used for macropodines, including "wallaby" and "kangaroo", with the distinction sometimes based exclusively on size. In addition to the well-known kangaroos, the subfamily includes other specialized groups, such as the arboreal tree-kangaroos (Dendrolagus), which have body masses between 4 and 13 kg, and a relatively long prehensile tail.

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