Dinopedia
Advertisement
Total anky death
Extinct as can be!

This article contains plagiarized material! You can help Dinopedia out by adding more information to it, or removing/replacing any plagiarized content!
Falkland Islands wolf
Falkland-Islands-wolf
An artist's illustration of Dusicyon australis
Conservation status
Status iucn3.1 EX
Extinct  (1876) (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Tribe: Canini
Genus: Dusicyon
Species: D. australis
Binomial name
Dusicyon australis
Kerr, 1792

The Falkland Islands wolf (Dusicyon australis), also known as the warrah and occasionally as the Falkland Islands dog, Falkland Islands fox, or Antarctic wolf, was the only native land mammal of the Falkland Islands. This endemic canid became extinct in 1876, the first known canid to have become extinct in historical times. It was the only modern species in the genus Dusicyon.

Traditionally it had been supposed that the most closely related genus was Lycalopex, including the Culpeo, which has been introduced to the Falkland Islands in modern times. However, in 2009, a cladistic analysis of DNA identified the Falkland Island wolf's closest living relative as the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus)—an unusually long-legged, fox-like South American canid, from which it separated about 6.7 million years ago.

Warrah

Illustration of "Dusicyon australis" from Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle

The Falkland Islands wolf existed on both West and East Falkland, but Charles Darwin was uncertain if they were differentiated varieties. Its fur had a tawny colour and the tip of the tail was white. Its diet is unknown, but, due to the absence of any large to medium sized native predators on the Falklands, the animal likely assumed that role and colonized the islands; its diet likely consisted the predation of ground-nesting birds such as geese and penguins, grubs and insects, as well as seashore scavenging the deceased/dying animals. It has speculated may have lived in burrows; similiar to several canid/canine species today.

2009110231

In the Media[]

Warrah2

Zoo Tycoon 2: Extinct Animals Falkland Islands wolf

The Falkland Islands wolf appeared in the popular expansion pack of Zoo Tycoon 2: Extinct Animals under its' name "Warrah".

Advertisement