black backed jackals

anonymous asked:

How do jackals differ from coyotes?

Black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas) and side-striped jackals (Canis audustus) are a much older species of canines (fossil records dating back to the Ice Age). Both species are smaller than coyotes, and are exclusively African animals. Side-striped are also much more timid than coyotes or bbjs, and eat more insects than any other canid species. Functionally, they’re not much different from one another. Both are opportunistic scavengers with occasional hunting of smaller prey species, live in mated pairs/small family groups…screaming…

BONUS: colloquialisms have taken the name of jackal and adopted it to three separate canid species that are significantly different than the true jackals: the American jackal (coyote), the Simien jackal (Ethopian wolf), and the golden jackal. It leaves a lot of confusion and a lack of meaning behind the term, which is why the scientific community is proposing the generic name for black-backs and side-stripes to be changed from Canis to Lupullela.

Nothing new (except Rico, sorta), but it’s nice to look at ‘em all grouped together. They were quite fun to do.

Row 1: Armin (fennec), Eren (Sumatran tiger), Mikasa (European badger), Rico (striped hyena)
Row 2: Hange (spotted hyena), Erwin (black-footed ferret), Levi (red fox), Mike (brown bear)
Row 3: Ymir (black-backed jackal), Jean (white-tailed deer), Nile (bluetick coonhound)