Skin and bone: observations of dingo scavenging during a chronic food shortage

Allen, Benjamin L. ORCID: (2010) Skin and bone: observations of dingo scavenging during a chronic food shortage. Australian Mammalogy, 32 (2). pp. 207-208. ISSN 0310-0049


Dingo (Canis lupus dingo and hybrids) diet studies primarily rely on analyses of prey remains found in stomachs
or scats (i.e. faeces). However, dingoes are also scavengers, and doubt may remain as to whether or not a given item found in a stomach/scat was killed or scavenged. This paper briefly reports some incidental observations of dingoes scavenging cattle (Bos taurus), red kangaroos (Macropus rufus), wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax), and other dingo carcasses during a chronic food shortage. This confirms that diet studies may not be evidence for predation, and that dietary items collected during a discrete period may not actually reflect the period when the item died.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 06:56
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2022 01:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: apex predator, arid zone, Canis lupus dingo, dog physiology, food requirements, wild dogs, scavenging, food shortages
Fields of Research (2008): 06 Biological Sciences > 0608 Zoology > 060806 Animal Physiological Ecology
Fields of Research (2020): 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3109 Zoology > 310907 Animal physiological ecology
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