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
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
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