Variegated wolf

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Variegated wolf
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
Species: C. anthus
Subspecies: C. a. soudanicus
Trinomial name
Canis aureus soudanicus[1]
Thomas, 1903

doederleini (Hilzheimer, 1906)
nubianus (Cabrera, 1921)
thooides (Hilzheimer, 1906)
variegatus (Cretzschmar, 1826)

The variegated wolf (Canis anthus soudanicus), also known as the Nubian wolf, is a subspecies of African golden wolf native to Sudan and Somalia. It is smaller and more lightly built than the Egyptian wolf, standing 38 cm (15 in) at the shoulder, and 102 cm (40 in) in length. Compared with more the wolf-like Egyptian wolf, the variegated wolf is built more like a greyhound. The ears are somewhat larger than the Egyptian wolf's and the body colour is generally pale stone-buff, with blotches of black.[2] Its main habitat consists of rocky regions, where it feeds on small mammals and birds.[3] The subspecies has been encountered in elevations of up to 5000 feet in the highlands of Abyssinia.[4]