Egyptian Jackal (Canis aureus lupaster)

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  1.   1.  Common Names
  2.   2.  'Souls Range
  3.   3.  Appearance
  4.   4.  Other Characteristics
    1.   4.1  Social Structure
    2.   4.2  Habitat
    3.   4.3  Survival
  5.   5.  Citations

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1.  Common Names

Egyptian Jackal, Deeb, Egyptian Wolf, Dib

2.  'Souls Range

Egypt

3.  Appearance

Canis aureus lupaster, from Wikimedia Commons

The Egyptian Jackal is one of the larger subspecies of Golden Jackal; they stand roughly 16 inches (41 cm) at the shoulder, with 50 inches (127 cm) of length, larger than the average European Jackal. Egyptian Jackals are very wolf-like in appearance, and occasionally, it has been classified as a wolf, Canis lupus lupaster. However, it is now it is identified as a Golden Jackal subpsecies -- the most recent genetic evidence has provided for this classification. The Egyptian Jackal is typically a tawny gray color, with black and red highlights along the black and limbs, generally not very well defined, as in the Indian Jackal. They also usually have a tail tipped with black.

Canis aureus lupaster, from Wikimedia Commons

4.  Other Characteristics

4.1  Social Structure

Like many African subspecies of canine, Egyptian Jackals do not form packs. They are more typically found as loners or in single pairs. However, as the area that this canine is found in is very humanized, having absorbed much of the culture flowing from Eurasia, these jackals are now finding themselves living in cities, villages, and towns, and having to establish more formal social structures; as one can expect, there may be issues with this in some areas.

4.2  Habitat

This subspecies is found exclusively in Egypt -- most of the population is clustered around the Nile River Valley, as it was historically; however, nomadic Jackals can be found throughout Egypt. However, parts of both the Saharan and Libyan deserts stretch over Egypt's territory, and of course, it is extremely difficult for even the most seasoned of survivors to stay alive in such areas.

4.3  Survival

The Egyptian Jackal is almost exclusively Luperci -- as the vast majority of the population is clustered around the Nile valley, there are very few non-Luperci Egyptian Jackals. As such, they are unquestionably the dominant species in the area, having adapted human technologies and the like from Eurasia. Other jackal subspecies do inhabit this area, and Egyptian Jackals do not tend toward hostility.

5.  Citations

  1. Associatedcontent.com
  2. Wikipedia.org