CANIS LUPUS MONSTRABILIS
The Texas wolf (Canis lupus monstrabilis) is a subspecies of the gray wolf (Canis lupus) found mainly in Texas and New Mexico. Described in 1937 by the biologist Edward Alphonso Goldman, this canid died out five years later in 1942 and was posthumously merged by some authors with the Mexican wolf. Today, the Texas wolf is recognized as a distinct subspecies but its status is not unanimous.
- Common name: Texas Wolf
- Scientific name: Canis Lupus Monstrabilis
- Specie: Grey Wolf
- Type: Mammals
- Diet: Carnivore
- Size: 3,93 to 4,92 feet
- Weight: 52 to 79 lbs
- Status: Extinct (1942)
TEXAS WOLF DESCRIPTION
The Texas wolf was a medium-sized wolf. He was between 3,93 and 4,92 feet long (1.20 and 1.50 m long) and weighed between 52 and 79 lbs (24 and 36 kg). Physically, it was very similar to the Mogollon Mountain Wolf.🐺 His coat was dark with a mixture of black and gray all over his body and light cinnamon-colored patches above his head.
TEXAS WOLF HABITAT
He lived in central Texas and southeastern New Mexico on the Mexican border and in Louisiana.🌵
TEXAS WOLF DIET
The Texas wolf fed mainly on American bison. But when the buffalo herds were exterminated, the wolf was forced to feed on domestic cattle.🐑
IS THE TEXAS WOLF EXTINCT?
Unfortunately for this wolf, the large herds were wiped out by the settlers. By force of circumstance, this canine was forced to prey on the cattle of the breeders, which led to a relentless hunt for the wolf until its extinction in 1942.
IS THE TEXAS WOLF A SUBSPECIES OF THE GREY WOLF?
Although the Texas wolf is recognized as a distinct subspecies of the grey wolf, some authors classify it as belonging to the Mexican wolf or the plains wolf. The proposal for integration with the Mexican wolf was accepted by the US Fish and Wildlife in 1983. Nevertheless, the ITIS (Integrated Taxonomy Information System) maintains its classification as a distinct subspecies.
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