Mearns coyote

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Mearns coyote
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C. l. mearnsi in Mesa, Arizona
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Subkingdom: Eumetazoa
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
Species: Canis latrans
Subspecies: C. l. mearnsi
Trinomial name
Canis latrans mearnsi
Merriam, 1897

The Mearns coyote (Canis latrans mearnsi) is a subspecies of coyote native to the Southwestern United States.

It is found in Nevada, Arizona, southern Utah, deserts of southeastern California, New Mexico west of Rio Grande, and extreme southwestern Colorado.


The Mearns coyote is a small subspecies, with medium-sized ears, a small skull, and small teeth.

The fur is richly and brightly colored. The fulvous tints are exceedingly bright, covering the hind and forelegs.[1]


  1. ^ Merriam, C. H. (1897). Revision of the coyotes or prairie wolves, with descriptions of new forms. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, vol. 11, pp. 19-33.

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