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| Last Updated:: 20/06/2019

The Indian grey Wolf (Canis lupus pallipes)





Early this month, the first Indian grey wolf to be seen in Bangladesh in almost 80 years was beaten to death by farmers after it preyed on their livestock. The grey wolf was last seen in the country in 1949. In India, they are found in various states and immortalised in Rudyard Kipling’ the Jungle Book. We take a look where the wolves are found in India.



Indian wolves are genetically distinct from Canis lupus pallipes, even if their appearances are similar.



Studies suggest that the Indian grey wolf is not the pallipes found in the West Asia and Central Asia.



Researchers have proposed that the Indian wolf be reclassifies as a separate species- Canis indica.



Mammal Species of the World (2005), a database of mammalian taxonomy, does not recognise Canis indica as a species.





Source: The New Indian Express, 20 June 2019, Chennai.