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: 251-256. doi:10.1071/AM12012


Author Allen, Benjamin L.
Title Do desert dingoes drink daily? Visitation rates at remote waterpoints in the Strzelecki Desert
Journal name Australian Mammalogy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0310-0049
1836-7402
Publication date 2012-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AM12012
Volume 34
Issue 2
Start page 251
End page 256
Total pages 6
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
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 visited waterpoints 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 places where dingo baiting occurs, and suggest that diet may play an important role in the use of waterpoints by dingoes.
Keyword Apex predator
Arid zones
Canis lupus dingo
Dog physiology
Water requirements
Wild dogs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Official 2013 Collection
 
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