Black-backed jackal

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Canis mesomelas
Temporal range: Pliocene - recent
C. m. mesomelas
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
C. mesomelas
Binomial name
Canis mesomelas
Schreber, 1775

2 subspecies, see text

Black-backed jackal range, with C. m. mesomelas in blue and C. m. schmidti in red

The black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas or Lupulella mesomelas) is a canine that comes from eastern and southern Africa.

The black-backed jackal lives in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia. It is a least concern species. It is still killed because, it attacks farm animals and it carries rabies.[2][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hoffmann, M. (2014). "Canis mesomelas". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014: e.T3755A46122476. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T3755A46122476.en.
  2. Hoffmann, M. (2014). "Canis mesomelas".
  3. Wozencraft, C. W. (2005). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. JHU Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0.