Gray wolf

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phylum Chordata The gray wolf or grey wolf (Canis lupus) is a species of canid native to the wilderness and remote areas of North America, Eurasia, and North Africa. The gray wolf is one of the world's most well researched animals, with probably more books written about it than any other wildlife species.

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class Mammalia
infraclass Eutheria
order Carnivora
suborder Caniformia
family Canidae
genus Canis
species C. lupus


Black wolf

A black wolf is a melanistic colour variant of the grey wolf (Canis lupus). Black specimens are recorded among red wolves (Canis lupus rufus), but these colour variants are probably extinct. Genetic research from the Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California, Los Angeles revealed that wolves with black pelts owe their distinctive coloration to a mutation which occurred in domestic dogs, and was carried to wolves through wolf-dog hybridisation.

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