Black wolves

By Haylie Lynch

Black wolves are a lot like dogs.

Black wolves were occasionally reported in Asia The "Derboun" of the Arabian mountains and southern Syria was a small black wolf which apparently was considered by the Arabs to be more closely related to dogs, as they freely ate its flesh like any other game, unlike with regular wolves which had an unpleasant odour. Black wolves in Tibet are known locally as chanko nagpo, and are considered bolder and more aggressive than the pale coloured variety. Small populations inhabit Ladakh.

Black wolves

Kingdom

Animalia
All animals

Phylum

Chordata
Animals with a backbone

Class

Mammalia
All mammals

Order

Carnivora
Carnivorous mammals

Family

Canidae
Dog-like mammals

Genus

Canis
Dogs

Species

lupus (gray wolves)
rufus (red wolves)
lycaon (some scientists think is a subspecies of gray wolf – see below)

Examples of other Canid Species

latrans (coyote) aureus (golden jackal)
mesomelas (black-backed jackal)
adustus (side-striped jackal)
dingo (dingo)
familiaris (domestic dog)
simensis (Abyssinian or Ethiopian wolf)

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