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CAVS: 1515

Species Camelus dromedarius Linnaeus, 1758

Dromedary, One-humped Camel




Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Introduced from ? British India or Middle East.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NT, Qld, SA, WA: Burt Plain (BRT), Channel Country (CHC), Coolgardie (COO), Central Ranges (CR), Dampierland (DL), Davenport Murchison Ranges (DMR), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Finke (FIN), Gascoyne (GAS), Gawler (GAW), Gibson Desert (GD), Great Sandy Desert (GSD), Great Victoria Desert (GVD), Hampton (HAM), Little Sandy Desert (LSD), MacDonnell Ranges (MAC), Mitchell Grass Downs (MGD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Murchison (MUR), Nullarbor (NUL), Pilbara (PIL), Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields (SSD), Stony Plains (STP), Sturt Plateau (STU), Tanami (TAN)

Ecological Descriptors

Diurnal, folivore, gregarious, herbivore, terrestrial, tussock grassland.

Extra Ecological Information



General References

Clutton-Brock, J. 1981. Domesticated Animals from Early Times. London : British Museum 208 pp.

Dörges, B., Heucke, J. & Dance, R. 2003. Observations on the Efects of Camels Grazing the Vegetation of Central Australia. Technote No. 118. Northern Territory Government, Department of Business and Resource Development. Agdex No. 486/51.

Dörges, B., Heucke, J. & Dance, R. 2003. The Palatability of Central Australian Plant Species to Camels. Technote No. 116. Northern Territory Government, Department of Business and Resource Development. Agdex No. 486/62.

Dörges, B. & Heucke, J. 1995. Ecology, Social Organization and Behaviour of the Feral Dromedary Camelus dromedarius (L. 1758) in central Australia. Alice Springs : CSIRO.

Dörges, B. & Heucke, J. 1995. One-humped Camel Camelus dromedarius. pp. 719-721 in Strahan, R. (ed.). The Mammals of Australia: The National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Sydney : Reed New Holland 756 pp.

Gauthier-Pilters, H. & Dagg, A.I. 1981. The Camel: Its evolution, ecology, behavior, and relationship to man. Chicago : Univ. Chicago Press xii 208 pp., 68 pls.

Haltenorth, T. 1963. Klassifikation der Säugetiere: Artiodactyla. Handbuch der Zoologie Berlin 8(teil 1, lfg. 32): 1-167 pls 1-16

Letts, G.A., Bassingthwaighte, A. & de Vos, W.E.L. 1979. Feral Animals in the Northern Territory. Report of the Board of Inquiry 1979. N.T. : Govt. Printer xvi 234 pp.

Long, J.L. 1972. Introduced birds and mammals in Western Australia. Agricultural Protection Board Western Australia Technical Service 1: 1-30

McKnight, T. 1976. Friendly vermin. A survey of feral livestock in Australia. University of California Publications in Geography 21: i-viii 1-104

McKnight, T.L. 1969. The Camel in Australia. Carlton : Melbourne Univ. Press xiv 154 pp.

Short, J., Caughley, G., Grice, D. & Brown, B. 1988. The distribution and relative abundance of camels in Australia. Journal of Arid Environments 15: 91-97

Yagil, R. 1985. The Desert Camel. Basel, Switzerland : Animal Nutrition. Karger.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
16-Dec-2010 16-Dec-2010 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)