Senegal Jackal (Canis aureus anthus)
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Jackal Subspecies Map. See also: world species map.
Senegal Jackal, Grey Jackal, Slender Jackal or Anthus
Although this subspecies of jackal is taller than the Common Golden Jackal, it is far leaner and lightly built. It has larger ears and a shorter, less bushy tail than the Common Jackal; its head tends to be less wolf-like than its close neighbor, the Egyptian Jackal, though the two are of very similar size.
Canis aureus anthus, from calidris10@Flickr
This Golden Jackal subspecies tends to have a darker, grayer pelt, flecked and interspersed with yellow than the Common Jackal. The undersides are lighter and tawnier than the back. It typically does not have a black ring around its neck or black patterns along its back; these features are found in the Egyptian Jackal. Some parts of the body—the muzzle, limbs, back of the ears, and tail—are highlighted with a purer yellow, lacking the dusky tinge the rest of the fur has.2
Canis aureus anthus, from kdxn@Flickr
This west African subspecies benefited greatly from the introduction of the Luperci virus; due to their proximity with Luperci-dominant populations, this subspecies very swiftly became Luperci. As always, there may be pockets of non-Luperci in more isolated areas; even so, most of the coastal areas have been populated by this species of Jackal. Many make their living on fishing and other sea-based ventures, primarily taking residence in villages and small towns.