New species of black-backed jackal indicated through mitochondrial DNA analysis

Cape jackal  (L) and East African black-backed jackal (R) The molecular revolution in biology has caused a great deal of turmoil in the taxonomy of Canids. Long-time readers know that full-genome comparisons have recently found that the red wolf and … Continue reading

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Jackal feeding frenzy

This is from a documentary about brown hyenas on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia, but the black-backed jackals stole the scene here! They are like piranhas in canid form! Natural History

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Jackal is a meaningless term

A side-striped jackal (Canis adustus), the jackal no one talks about. We’ve always called the smaller wild dogs in the genus Canis jackals. Historically, there were four species of jackal:  the golden (Canis aureus), the black-backed (Canis mesomelas), the side-striped … Continue reading

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