and body length of M. rufogriseus is up to 780 mm (females)
and 920 mm (males) with tail lengths of 790-875 mm. Males weigh
up to 27 kg and females up to 16 kg. The upperparts are greyish
brown with cream, the backs of the ears, neck and shoulders
are rusty brown. The front paws and feet are black and the arms
and legs are brownish. A faint white stripe is visible above
the upper lip, and the underparts are whitish. The tail is grey
with a darker tip.
rufogriseus is common in sclerophyll forests and coastal
scrub, grazing and browsing on a wide variety of green shoots.
is primarily nocturnal and crepuscular, M. rufogriseus
is solitary. Mating occurs year round on the mainland, while
Tasmanian individuals have a distinct birthing period from February
to April. A single young is produced, becoming independent at
9 or 10 months.
are distributed in SE South Australia, Victoria, SE Queensland,
E New South Wales, Tasmania, King Isl and adjacent islands (Australia);
introduced in England.