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The Smallest Macropod



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The Smallest Macropod: Tammar Wallaby (Macropus eugenii)

Tammar wallabies are the smallest species of macropod (a large family of marsupials) in the world, being around the size of a rabbit. Some interesting facts about this species are its color vision, ability to drink seawater, and ability to retain energy while hopping. They can also nurse a joey while being pregnant. The main threat to the species is fragmentation, resulting in inbreeding within the population. Despite these concerns, under the IUCN Red List they are listed under Least Concern.

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