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.


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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