From den to dust: longevity of three dingoes (Canis lupus dingo) on Fraser Island (K’gari)

Behrendorff, Linda and Allen, Benjamin L. (2016) From den to dust: longevity of three dingoes (Canis lupus dingo) on Fraser Island (K’gari). Australian Mammalogy, 38 (2). pp. 256-260. ISSN 0310-0049


The Australian dingo (Canis lupus dingo) is a common and well studied species, yet very little is known about the longevity of free-ranging individuals because most field studies are too short to obtain this information. Fraser Island, off the east coast of Queensland, contains a closed dingo population of high conservation value, and where a portion of them have been captured and subsequently monitored using ear tags and microchips for management purposes since 2002. We use these data to describe the longevity of three individual dingoes, including one female captured, microchipped and ear-tagged as a subadult in February 2003, recaptured and retagged in March 2012, and then found dead in October 2014. Longevity data and other observations demonstrate that wild dingoes can live for at least 13 years and successfully produce litters for at least 10 years. Such life-history data are useful for evaluating the dynamics and stability of dingo populations of conservation concern.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 00:50
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2018 06:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: age; canid; demography; ear tagging; reproduction; survival; top-predator; wild dog
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 > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1071/AM16005

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