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An updated description of the New Guinea singing dog (Canis hallstromi, Troughton 1957)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 October 2003

Janice Koler-Matznick
The New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation Society, 5265 Old Stage Road, Central Point, Oregon 97502, U.S.A.
I. Lehr Brisbin
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, South Carolina, U.S.A.
Mark Feinstein
Hampshire College, School of Cognitive Science, Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Susan Bulmer
Bulmer and Associates, Auckland, New Zealand
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In 1957, Troughton described the wild dog of New Guinea, naming it Canis hallstromi. Here the description given by Troughton is expanded by the addition of morphological, molecular and behavioural information collected from both captive and wild New Guinea singing dogs subsequent to the original description. The data support Troughton's identification of this canid as a unique taxon, although further studies are needed to clarify the exact level of taxonomic differentiation of this rare and possibly highly endangered canid.

Research Article
2003 The Zoological Society of London

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