Two ecological universes separated by the Dingo Barrier Fence in semi-arid Australia: interactions between landscapes, herbivory and carnivory, with and without dingoes

This paper challenges conclusions of Caughley et al. (1980) that the abundance of red kangaroos (Macropus rufus) in western New South Wales is solely due to lack of dingoes (Canis familiaris), and vice versa for neighbouring South Australia. A Dingo Barrier Fence divides the two different ecological systems, which have sheep in New South Wales and cattle in South Australia. This paper re-examines in particular whether there is an environmental gradient across the Fence that was dismissed by Caughley et al. This paper concludes to the contrary, that there is a strong environmental gradient. Our aerial surveys demonstrate significantly that habitats favouring red kangaroos are prevalent in New South Wales today, but are very scarce or absent in South Australian landscapes.

Author Newsome, A. E., Catling, P. C., Cooke, B. D. and Smyth, R.
Year 2001
Secondary title The Rangeland Journal
Volume 23
Number 1
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Pages 71-98
Notes Notes
ISBN/ISSN doi:10.1071/RJ01015
Control method Fencing
Region Australia - national