Senegal Jackal (''Canis aureus anthus'')
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Jackal Subspecies Map
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Senegal Jackal, Grey Jackal, Slender Jackal or Anthus
Canis aureus anthus, from kdxn@Flickr
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.
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 calidris10@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.