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Japanese Wolf

The Japanese wolf is an extinct subspecies of the gray wolf. it is also known as the Honshū wolf. Its binomial name derives from the Greek Hodos and phylax, in reference to Japanese folklore. The honshu wolf was known in 1839 because the Canis lupus subspecies canis lupus hodophilax by Dutch zoologist Coenraad Temminck. the Honshu Wolf was a awfully real creature that inhabited the forests of Japan till they gradually went extinct. The honshu Wolf is one of 2 species of wolf that when occupied Japan. In Japanese it called nihon Ōkami and yamainu yet because the mountain dog.

Japanese Wolf History

The Japanese wolf is considered to be extinct as the last specimens were recorded at Higashi-Yoshino village in nara Prefecture, Japan in 1905. In 1905 it’s alleged that the last extant member of this species of wolf, died in captivity in nara Prefecture. Sightings of “short-legged dog like beasts”, planned to be the japanese wolf, are claimed since the time of its extinction till the last claim in 1997, however none of these have been verified.

Distribution and habitat

The Japanese wolf inhabited kyushu, Shikoku, and honshu islands but not hokkaido Island. They once roamed the mountains and because of this local Japanese inhabitants have long associated mountains with the honshu wolves, seeing them as guardians and protectors of the mountains and forests.

Japanese wolf characteristics

The honshu Wolf was the world’s smallest known wolf averaging a length of about 35 inches (nose to tail) and a height of 1 foot. they had short wiry hair and a thin dog-like tail that was rounded at the end. Their legs were shorter in relation to their body length.

Scientific Name: Canis lupus hodophilax
Lifespan: 5 – 6 years
Origin: Japan
Common Names: Honshū wolf
Size: 193.1 mm and 235.9 mm

Scientific classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Canidae
  • Genus: Canis
  • Species: C. lupus
  • Subspecies: †C. l. hodophilax

Honshu wolf Facts

  • The Japanese wolf is a subspecies of the gray wolf.
    They are inhabitat in the islands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu in the Japanese archipelago.
    It is also known as the Honshu wolf.

Japanese wolf Lifecycle / Behavior


Feeding for Japanese wolf

They were strictly carnivorous, primarily eating a wide range of animals to include wild boar, monkeys, deer, etc. They also ate smaller animals considered to be pests such as rodents, deer, wild boar and rabbits.

Photo of Japanese wolf

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Reference: wikipedia.org



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