Dingo, also called Warrigal, is an Australian wild dog (family
Canidae), one of the few nonmarsupial mammals in Australia. Some authorities regard the
as a subspecies of the domestic dog, hence C. familiaris dingo. The dingo
was apparently introduced from Asia during the later immigrations of Aborigines in
post-Pleistocene times (perhaps 5,000 to 8,000 years ago). Similar to the domestic dog in
structure and habits, the dingo is stout with short, soft fur, a bushy tail, and
erect, pointed ears. It is about 1.2 m (4 feet) long, including the 30-centimetre
(12-inch) tail, and stands about 60 cm at the shoulder. Its colour varies between
yellowish and reddish brown, often with white underparts, feet, and tail tip.
© Encyclopedia Britanica, 2004.
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