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Dietary overlap between sympatric dingoes and feral cats at a semiarid rangeland site in Western Australia

Doherty, Tim S. 2015, Dietary overlap between sympatric dingoes and feral cats at a semiarid rangeland site in Western Australia, Australian mammalogy, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 219-224, doi: 10.1071/AM14038.

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Title Dietary overlap between sympatric dingoes and feral cats at a semiarid rangeland site in Western Australia
Author(s) Doherty, Tim S.ORCID iD for Doherty, Tim S. orcid.org/0000-0001-7745-0251
Journal name Australian mammalogy
Volume number 37
Issue number 2
Start page 219
End page 224
Total pages 6
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2015-07-10
ISSN 0310-0049
Keyword(s) Canis lupus dingo
diet
Felis catus
prey
Summary Abstract. The diet of sympatric dingoes and feral cats was studied in the semiarid southern rangelands of Western Australia. A total of 163 scats were collected over a period of 19 months. Rabbit remains were the most common food item in cat scats, followed by reptiles, small mammals and birds. Macropod remains were the most common food item in dingo scats, followed by rabbits and birds. Dingo scats did not contain small mammal remains, and infrequently contained arthropod and reptile remains. Cat and dingo scats contained remains from 11 and six mammal species, respectively. Of the small mammals, cat scats contained rodent remains more frequently than those of dasyurids. Dietary diversity of cats was higher than for dingoes and dietary overlap between the two species was relatively low.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/AM14038
Field of Research 060207 Population Ecology
060801 Animal Behaviour
050103 Invasive Species Ecology
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, CSIRO Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30082532

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