The Atlas of Living Australia draws its taxonomic information from a number of sources. For animals, the most authoritative Canis familiaris.


If you have a look at the the synonyms section of ALA's Canis familiaris species page you can see that, in the past, Dingoes have been called Canis dingo, Canis familiaris austaliae, Canis australiae, Canis macdonnellensis, Canis dingoides and even Canis lupus dingo. The rule of thumb for a species is that members can successfully breed together and by that rule, since Dingoes and ordinary Common dogs can breed together, they belong to the same species.

That's all very interesting but many people come to the ALA to find out about Dingoes themselves, and not about other common or feral dogs, which are also classified as Canis familiaris.

We have a solution to this problem. People who provide records of Dingoes to the ALA, also specifically say that they are Dingoes. This is stored in the ALA as the supplied common name and can be used to find just Dingoes in the ALA.

To find records for Dingoes in the ALA, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the ALA home page
  2. Enter Canis familiaris into the main ALA search bar, press Enter.
  3. Under Narrow your results on the left hand side of the page, under the headings Taxon, and Vernacular name, tick the box next to Dingo.
  4. This will refine your search results to see the records in the ALA that have been entered specifically under the name Dingo.
  5. Or you can use this direct link: Dingo records in the ALA.