Abyssinian Jackal (Canis aureus riparius)
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Jackal Subspecies Map. See also: world species map.
Somalia and coast of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
This is the smallest subspecies of jackal, only 12 inches (30.4 cm) in shoulder height. It is typically of a tawny-gray color; the Abyssinian Jackal is generally paler, with less black markings or darker coloration than many other subspecies. Though it is a pale species in general, the body is more creamy-colored, whereas the underside is more white.
Canis aureus riparius, from Evgeniy Gunenkov@Flickr
As the smallest subspecies with a range overlapping several other subspecies of both Golden, Black-Backed, and Silver-Backed Jackals, this subspecies occupies a delicate place in the world; even Lupercism and adapting to human technologies has not assisted them so much due to their much smaller size.