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The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids$
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David W. Macdonald and Claudio Sillero-Zubiri

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198515562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515562.001.0001

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Dramatis personae

Dramatis personae

Wild Canids—an introduction and dramatis personae

(p.3) CHAPTER 1 Dramatis personae
The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids

David W. Macdonald

Claudio Sillero-Zubiri

Oxford University Press

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

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