Canis rufus rufus

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Canis rufus var. "rufus" (formerly Canis rufus rufus) or the Texas red wolf, distinct from the extinct Texas (gray) wolf ( Canis lupus monstrabilis) is a type of red wolf that lived in Texas. As the Texas red wolf is no longer considered a red wolf Canis rufus subspecies, though it was formerly considered to be Canis rufus rufus (which according to taxonomic conventions tends to indicate it as a probably type subspecies for the Canis rufus species), and it has been given no forma taxon below the species level, the Texas red wolf would now be considered a type, kind, or variety of the species, perhaps Canis rufus var. "rufus".[1][2]

It may crossbreed with coyotes or domestic dogs.


  1. ^ Chambers SM, Fain SR, Fazio B, Amaral M (2012). "An account of the taxonomy of North American wolves from morphological and genetic analyses". North American Fauna. 77: 1–67. doi:10.3996/nafa.77.0001. 
  2. ^ L. David Mech and Ronald M. Nowak (2010). "Systematic Status of Wild Canis in North-Central Texas". Southeastern Naturalist. 9 (3): 587–594. doi:10.1656/058.009.0315.