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Scientific classification
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Infracless: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Faimily: Macropodidae
Genus: Macropus
Subgenus: Macropus an Osphranter

The kangaroo /ˌkæŋɡəˈr/ is a marsupial frae the faimily Macropodidae (macropods, meanin 'muckle fit'). In common uise the term is uised tae describe the mucklest species frae this faimily, especially those o the genus Macropus, reid kangaroo, antilopine kangaroo, eastren grey kangaroo an wastren grey kangaroo.[1] Kangaroos are endemic tae Australia. The smawer macropods are foond in Australie an New Guinea.

Kangaroos hae muckle, pouerfu hind legs, muckle feet adaptit for leapin, a lang muscular tail for balance, an a smaa heid. Lik maist marsupials, female kangaroos hae a pouch cried a marsupium in which joeys complete postnatal development.

The kangaroo is an unoffeecial seembol o Australie, an appears as an emblem on the Australie coat o airms,[2] on some o its siller,[3] an is uised bi some o Australie's weel kent organisations, includin Qantas[4] an the Ryal Australie Air Force.[5] The kangaroo is important tae baith Australie cultur an the naitional image, an consequently thare are numerous popular cultur references.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Groves, C. P. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 64 & 66. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. "Coat of arms". Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australian Government. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  3. "Our currency". Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australian Government. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  4. "The Kangaroo Symbol". Qantas. Archived frae the original on 14 Apryle 2006. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  5. RAAF Ensign and Roundel