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THE IMPORTANCE OF TOP PREDATORS IN AN ECOSYSTEM

Dr Ritchie on ABC Catalyst 'Conservation Hunting' in 2013

Dr. Ritchie helped write a case study on dingoes in Australian ecosystems.

Click on the PDF button to read the paper and see what published studies really look like.

Introduction to the role of dingoes in Australia

Top predators act as keystone species in many ecosystems. This video  explains what a keystone species is, and will teach you about three animals who are keystone species in their ecosystems.

DINGOES: KEYSTONE PREDATOR

Just like the wolves of Yellowstone National Park, dingoes are important keystone predators in Australian ecosystems. The dingo controls populations of large herbivores and introduced pests, which has a cascading benefit for Australia's native mammals and plants.

 

Top predators as biodiversity regulators: the dingo Canis lupus dingo as a case study.

Letnic, Ritchie & Dickman, 2011

For a more in-depth understanding of keystone species and their effects on ecosystems watch this short documentary that also introduces the concept of trophic cascade.

3 Animals That Keep Their Whole Ecosystem Together
Some Species Are More Equal Than Others: Keystone Species and Trophic Cascades
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