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

Allen, Benjamin L. (2010) Skin and bone: Observations of dingo scavenging during a chronic food shortage. Australian Mammalogy, 32 2: 207-208. doi:10.1071/AM10012


Author Allen, Benjamin L.
Title Skin and bone: Observations of dingo scavenging during a chronic food shortage
Journal name Australian Mammalogy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0310-0049
1836-7402
Publication date 2010-01-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AM10012
Volume 32
Issue 2
Start page 207
End page 208
Total pages 2
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
1105 Dentistry
Abstract 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.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Veterinary Science Publications
 
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