Do desert dingoes drink daily? Visitation rates at remote waterpoints in the Strzelecki Desert

Allen, Benjamin L. (2012) Do desert dingoes drink daily? Visitation rates at remote waterpoints in the Strzelecki Desert. Australian Mammalogy , 34 (2). pp. 251-256. ISSN 0310-0049


Dingoes (Canis lupus dingo) are water-limited apex predators in Australian terrestrial systems, but observations of dingoes in arid areas far removed from water suggest that dingoes may not always need access to free water to persist. Data from GPS-collared dingoes in the Strzelecki Desert were used to measure waterpoint visitation rates of eight dingoes from four adjacent territories. Each dingo regularly went 3–5 days without visiting waterpoints in all seasons, and individuals of the same pack visitedwaterpoints at different frequencies and at different times of the day. The longest period without visiting a waterpoint was 22 days in summer and winter from two different individuals. These results have implications for placeswhere dingo baiting occurs, and suggest that diet may play an important role in the use of waterpoints by dingoes.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2016 05:23
Last Modified: 25 May 2017 05:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: apex predator; arid zone; Canis lupus dingo; dog physiology; water requirements; wild dogs
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960599 Ecosystem Assessment and Management not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1071/AM12012

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