Journal of Zoology

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

Janice Koler-Matznick a1c1, I. Lehr Brisbin Jr a2, Mark Feinstein a3 and Susan Bulmer a4
a1 The New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation Society, 5265 Old Stage Road, Central Point, Oregon 97502, U.S.A.
a2 Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, South Carolina, U.S.A.
a3 Hampshire College, School of Cognitive Science, Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
a4 Bulmer and Associates, Auckland, New Zealand


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.

(Accepted March 6 2003)

Key Words: Canis; Canis hallstromi; New Guinea; dingo; dog.

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