malvinas islands

Holocene Extinction Month #10 – Falkland Islands Wolf

The Falkland Islands wolf (Dusicyon australis) was the only native terrestrial mammal of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean. It stood around 60cm at the shoulder (~24in), and probably ate penguins and other ground-nesting birds, insects, and scavenged marine life along the islands’ beaches.

Although commonly called a “wolf” or a “fox”, it wasn’t closely related to either of those canids. DNA analysis has shown its closest living relative to be the similarly misleadingly-named maned wolf.

Hunted for its valuable fur, and persecuted by farmers who considered it a threat to their livestock, the Falkland Islands wolf was already rare when Charles Darwin visited the islands in 1833. By 1876 the species was completely extinct, the first known canid species to be wiped out in recent historical times.

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