African Wild Dog

African Wild Dog

The African wild dog’s scientific name, Lycaon pictus reflects the color of its spotted pelage and translates to painted or ornate wolf.

The African wild dog’s scientific name, Lycaon pictus, reflects the color of its spotted pelage. Lycaon comes from the Greek language for wolf and pictus is derived from Latin, meaning painted or ornate.


Image | © Josh More, Some Rights Reserved (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Sources | (Animal Corner, 2019; BBC Studios, 2019; Mulheisen, Allen, Allen, 2002; Nowak, 1999; Stuart & Stuart, 2007; The Wikimedia Foundation, 2019; Woodroffe & Sillero-Zubiri, 2012)

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