Austro-Hungarian wolf

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Austro-Hungarian wolf
Temporal range: 0.7–0 Ma
Middle Pleistocene – Recent
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
C. l. minor
Trinomial name
Canis lupus minor
Ogérien 1863

The Austro-Hungarian wolf (Canis lupus minor), also called the reed wolf, is a proposed subspecies of the gray wolf that is thought to have once inhabited Hungary and eastern Austria. Its subspecies status is uncertain, as there are few records and no uncontroversial remains. It was once also proposed as being a golden jackal, although a status as a diminutive form of the gray wolf is more commonly accepted. It is generally assumed to have gone extinct before 1900.[1]

According to Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition), C. l. minor is a taxonomic synonym for C.l. lupus, the Eurasian wolf, and not a separate subspecies.[2]


  1. ^ Szunyoghy, Janos (1957). "Systematische Revision des ungarlaendischen Schakals, gleichzeitig eine Bemerkung ueber das Rohrwolf-Problem". Annales Historico-Naturales. Musei Nationalis Hungarici. 8: 425–433.
  2. ^ Wozencraft, C. W. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D. E.; Reader, D. M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. 1 (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 575–577. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0.