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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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The behavioural ecology of dholes in India

(p.323) CHAPTER 21 Dholes
The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids

Arun B. Venkataraman

A. J. T. Johnsingh

Oxford University Press

Research on the dhole or Asiatic wild dog (Cuon alpinus), though steadily increasing, has been less intense compared to research on the grey wolf (Canis lupus) and the African hunting dog (Lycaon pictus). Research on the dhole has largely occurred in southern and Central India that comprise only a small portion of its distribution. Research has mainly focused on the ecology and behaviour of the species and has contributed little towards its conservation and management. This chapter discusses the taxonomy and morphology, foraging ecology, prey preference and cooperative hunting, social organization, and breeding biology of dholes.

Keywords:   dhole, Asiatic wild dog, Cuon alpinus, taxonomy, morphology, foraging, predation, cooperating hunting, social organization, breeding biology

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