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PostSubject: Species and Subspecies   Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:43 am

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Genus - Species - Subspecies

This is a list of all the species you can play as. All species listed here are of the family Canidae apart from Hyaenidae/Hyenas/Aardwolves. In your biography, please put both the common name and scientific name so we know exactly what species your character is.

Red and Ethiopian wolves will be rarer and after the maximum of two unrelated canids of either gender, no more of that species will be accepted unless they are the offspring of those four. More may be acceptable in the future.

Characters must be in the same genus (the first latin word in their scientific name) to be able to reproduce with each other, although they can still be "mates" with each other, despite that problem.

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African Hunting Dog; Lycaon Pictus
African Hunting Dogs are "the wolves of Africa" - they hunt in packs consisting mainly of males while the females tend to leave their natal packs in search of their own. They hunt mainly gazelles and antelope, relying on their speed rather than strength or stamina like hyenas or wolves. They can run up to speeds of 50mph, that's 80kph! African Hunting Dogs are very lithe creatures with long legs and large, round ears and marbled pelts. Males typically stand at 70cm/27in while females are only about two inches shorter.
  • Cape Wild Dog Lycaon Pictus Pictus Nominate Subspecies
  • East African Wild Dog Lycaon Pictus Lupinus


Grey Wolf; Canis Lupus
The Grey Wolf is the largest canid alive today, commonly living in packs of up to  thirty individuals, often the offspring of a dominant pair. They live off large game such as bison or deer and tend to hunt in groups. The Grey Wolf will also eat bear cubs, fish and small game when given the chance. Eurasian adults tend to stand about 80cm/31in while the species of North America tend to be slightly smaller and Arabian wolves being only two thirds the size of a large full-grown Eurasian male.
  • Eurasian Wolf Canis Lupus Lupus Nominate Subspecies
  • Tundra Wolf Canis Lupus Albus
  • Australian Dingo Canis Lupus Dingo
  • Arabian Wolf Canis Lupus Arabs
  • Arctic Wolf Canis Lupus Arctos
  • Mexican Wolf Canis Lupus Baileyi
  • Eastern Timber Wolf Canis Lupus Lycaon
  • Great Plains Wolf Canis Lupus Nubilus
  • Mackenzie Valley Wolf Canis Lupus Occidentalis
  • Yukon Wolf Canis Lupus Pambasileus


Coyote; Canis Latrans
Coyotes are scavengers, normally living in pairs or small clans of parents and offspring. They live off the kills of wolves and rodents, birds, reptiles and amphibians. They are also omnivorous and can also eat plant matter on the occasion. There have been occasions that coyotes form packs, and sometimes hunt large prey like African Hunting Dogs or wolves. Coyotes have been known to kill and eat bear cubs, seals and snakes.
  • Plains Coyote Canis Latrans Latrans Nominate Subspecies
  • Mexican Coyote Canis Latrans Cagottis
  • San Pedro Martir Coyote Canis Latrans Clepticus


Golden Jackal; Canis Aureus
Sometimes confused with coyotes, Jackals are actually a different species but are still closely related. Jackals are scavengers but hunt small game such as reptiles and rodents. There are three species of jackals, the Golden Jackal, the Side-Striped Jackal, and possibly the oldest surviving member of the genus Canis, the Black-Backed Jackal. Jackals tend to live in pairs and defend territories.
  • Common Jackal Canis Aureus Aureus Nominate Subspecies
  • European Jackal Canis Aureus Moreoticus
  • Siamese Jackal Canis Aureus Cruesemanni
  • Serengeti Jackal Canis Aureus Bea
  • Syrian Jackal Canis Aureus Syriacus


Ethiopian Wolf; Canis Simensis
The Ethiopian Wolf resembles Jackals and Coyotes as well as the Red Wolf. It's one of the world's rarest canines and the most endangered carnivore of Africa. They feed off small rodents, birds, eggs, and reptiles. Where the small, easy prey is absent they will hunt mountain antelope. Ethiopian wolves live in small packs consisting typically of two to fifteen adult individuals.
  • Northern Ethiopian Wolf Canis Simensis Simensis Nominate Subspecies
  • Eastern Ethiopian Wolf Canis Simensis Citernii


Red Wolf; Canis Rufus
The Red Wolf resembles the coyote, and was once considered a subspecies of Grey Wolf, but studies show that they are of their own species. The Red Wolf is critically endangered and all but one of it's subspecies are still around and only because of captive breeding and reintroduction. The Red Wolf lives in smaller packs than Grey Wolves, normally consisting of just a mated pair and a couple of offspring. They are carnivores but mainly eat small game.
  • Texas Red Wolf Canis Rufus Rufus Nominate Subspecies



Dhole; Cuon Alpinus
Dholes greatly rely on sight rather than scent and hearing compared to other species of canid. Like the wolf, they are pack hunters and feed on large prey. Unlike wolves, they do not have hierarchies of any sort. Their packs are mostly consisting of clan members and relatives. Those "clans" can grow very large so long as the land can sustain them. In the spring they often break into smaller groups of five or so. They do not claim territories and clans rarely fight off others that enter their current home unless threatened.
  • Common Dhole Cuon Alpinus Alpinus Nominate Subspecies
  • Tien Shan Dhole Cuon Alpinus Hesperius



Fox; Vulpes
There are actually several fox families, but those of the genus Vulpes are the true foxes. There are three types of foxes to choose from, all being omnivores. Foxes don't usually interbreed with other (sub)species.
  • Red Fox Vulpes Vulpes
  • Arctic Fox Vulpes Lagopus
  • Fennec Fox Vulpes Zerda



Maned Wolf; Chrysocyon Brachyurus
Despite it's name, the Maned Wolf is not a wolf, dog nor fox. In fact, it's of an entirely different genus. The Maned Wolf is omnivorous and will eat a balanced diet of birds, rodents and fish, but more than  50% of their natural diet is actually plant matter, such as tubers, sugarcane and fruit. A heavy diet of meat will cause bladder and stomach problems in Maned Wolves.
  • Maned Wolf Chrysocyon Brachyurus Nominate Subspecies



Hyena; Hyaenidae
Hyenas are, in fact, not a canid and belong to the family Hyaenidae. They are in fact closer related to felines than canids. The Brown, Spotted and Striped Hyena are all carnivores but the Aardwolf eats insects instead. Hyena cubs are born with their eyes open. Only Brown and Striped Hyenas can interbreed.
  • Spotted Hyena Crocuta crocuta
  • Striped Hyena Hyaena hyaena
  • Brown Hyena Hyaena Brunnea
  • Common Aardwolf Proteles Cristata



This guide was written by Captain Rora and is (©) copyrighted to it's creator. Do not recreate or copy.
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