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Dramatis personae

David W. Macdonald and Claudio Sillero-Zubiri

in The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780198515562
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191705632 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515562.003.0001
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This chapter introduces the dramatis personae of contemporary wild canids, along with some of their features. Topics discussed include interspecific variation; intraspecific variation; phylogenetic baggage; communicative canids; dispersal, disease, and body size; sympatry and interspecific relations; and canid geography. A vignette account of all thirty-six canid taxa (including dingoes, here listed as a grey wolf subspecies Canis lupus dingo) is also presented.

Keywords: canids; interspecific variations; intraspecific variations; dispersal; disease; body size; sympatry; interspecific relations; canid taxa

Chapter.  16930 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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