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Meet the wolf-like animal

29 September 2015

 

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QUESTION:

What does the scientific name of the African wild dog refer to?

 

ANSWER:

The generic name Lycaon from the wild dog´s scientific name, Lycaon pictus, is derived from the Greek word lykaios which means wolf-like. The name pictus is derived from the Latin word picta which means blocked or spotted. The scientific name of the wild dog therefore refers to a spotted wolf-like animal... (Become a subscriber for more)

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