A new paper just published in Zootaxa suggested that the Australian dingo should be treated as a distinct species: Canis dingo. This came after another paper published in the same journal two years ago that suggested the opposite (i.e. the dingo is a domesticated dog).
Which view will prevail has many consequences (conservation, management of ‘free-ranging’ dogs,…).
Bradley P. Smith, Kylie M. Cairns, Justin W. Adams, Thomas M. Newsome, Melanie Fillios, Eloïse C. Déaux, William C. H. Parr, Mike Letnic, Lily M. Van Eeden, Robert G. Appleby, Corey J. A. Bradshaw, Peter Savolainen, Euan G. Ritchie, Dale G. Nimmo, Clare Archer-Lean, Aaron C. Greenville, Christopher R. Dickman, Lyn Watson, Katherine E. Moseby, Tim S. Doherty, Arian D. Wallach, Damian S. Morrant, Mathew S. Crowther. 2019. Taxonomic status of the Australian dingo: the case for Canis dingo Meyer, 1793. Zootaxa 4564 (1): 173. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4564.1.6
More details (press release):
Flinders University. Australian dingo is a unique Australian species in its own right. ScienceDaily, 5 March 2019.