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The systematic status of the Italian wolf Canis lupus

Acta Theriologica

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Abstract

In the past, the gray wolf Canis lupus Linnaeus, 1758, has been recognized in Italy as either the subspecies lupus or italicus. It has also been postulated that this population has undergone introgression from the domestic dog Canis familiaris. In order to clarify these issues, multistatistical analyses were made of 10 skull measurements of 34 full grown male wolves from the Italian Peninsula, 91 other male Eurasian wolves, and 20 domestic dogs. The analyses, together with other morphological evidence and prior genetic research, support recognition of the Italian wolf as a separate subspecies, Canis lupus italicus. The same evidence indicates that the subspecies has not been affected through hybridization with the domestic dog.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The systematic status of the Italian wolf Canis lupus
Series title:
Acta Theriologica
Volume
47
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2002
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
333-338
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Acta Theriologica
First page:
333
Last page:
338
Number of Pages:
6