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Volume 77, Issue 2

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First record of a melanistic golden jackal (Canis aureus, Canidae) from Turkey

Hüseyin Ambarlı
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Published Online: 2012-12-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2012-0009

Abstract

The golden jackal is a locally common mammal species widely distributed along the Black Sea and other coastal regions of Turkey. Between February 2009 and April 2010, we conducted a camera trap study in Artvin, northeastern Turkey that revealed the presence of ten medium or large mammal species. We report here the first ever photographic evidence of a melanistic golden jackal, along with its normal-colored probable mate. Dark fur color in wolves has been shown to be historically transferred from domestic dogs, and interbreeding among wolves, coyotes and dogs is well documented. However, we consider this an unlikely mechanism for the present observation, and instead suggest independent mutation as the source of this possibly adaptive trait.

Keywords: camera trap; Canis aureus; golden jackal; melanism; Turkey

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About the article

Corresponding author: Hüseyin Ambarlı, Biodiversity and Conservation Laboratory, Department of Biology, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, 06800, Turkey


Received: 2012-01-11

Accepted: 2012-11-01

Published Online: 2012-12-21

Published in Print: 2013-05-01


Citation Information: Mammalia, Volume 77, Issue 2, Pages 219–222, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2012-0009.

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