Dingo pack at sunset

Wolves, dogs and jackals

The canis genus has as its members jackals, wolves, the coyote and the domestic dog. Members of the genus are found on every continent except Antarctica, the dingo having been introduced to Australia a few thousand years ago.

Scientific name: Canis

Rank: Genus

Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Wolves, dogs and jackals taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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Prehistoric life

Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Carnivora
  6. Dogs
  7. Wolves, dogs and jackals

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