Jackal (species)

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A Jackal

The jackal is a group of canids of the genus Canis, closely related to the wolf, African wolf and the domestic dog.

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The golden jackal is common in India, Europe, and the Middle East, while the black-backed jackal and side-striped jackal are only native to Africa.

The Ethiopian wolf, a highly endangered species of canine, was formerly called a jackal, but a recent genetic study suggests that it is more closely related to gray wolves and coyotes. The black-backed jackal and the side-striped jackal had previously been considered members of the genus Canis, and in 2017, a taxonomic review recommended that these two species be recognized as the genus Lupulella.

Jackal in mainstream culture/religion[edit]

In classic literature, the jackal is generally portrayed as a cowardly lackey or conspirator, likely owing to their natural opportunism and scavenging behavior.

Jackal and furry[edit]

The appeal of the jackal among some furry fans is because the Egyptian god Anubis was typically portrayed with the head of a jackal. Anubis is a very popular subject of furry artwork.

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