Review studies of the ecological effects of the dingo to explore the influence of a top predator onbiodiversity at a continental scale.
Type of Study:
Removal of dingoes results in an increase in the abundances and impacts of herbivores andinvasive mesopredators. The loss of dingoes has been linked to widespread lossesof small and medium-sized native mammals, the depletion of plant biomass.
Dingoes could be used in programs aimed atreducing the predatory impacts of foxes and of herbivoresweighing 7–100 kg.
Response variable :
Letnic M., Ritchie E. G. & Dickman C. R. (2012) Top predators as biodiversity regulators: the dingo Canis lupus dingo as a case study. Biological Reviews 87, 390-413.