Nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus
Relatively a small canine about the size of a small dog, originally from China and Japan, this individual was seen in the island of Chiburijima. I notice it was hurt and limping,it was walking close to a trail, not feeling disturbe by my presense. It is supouse that this kind of dog was introduced in areas of Russia and Europe (Romania, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and France), because of it valuable fur. It is considered one of the most archaic canine species. This specimen was seen in an open area close to the forest, It is consider common in rural areas of Japan.
Individual seen close to a forest and the are relatively common in wild areas thru Japan. Deciduous forests, broad-leaved evergreen forests, mixed forests, farmlands, and urban areas from coastal to subalpine zones.
Known as a Raccoon dog, for its superficial resemblance to the raccoon Picture By my son Eytan Sequeira Mora. Taxonomic Notes: There are six recognized subspecies: albus, koreensis, orestes, procyonoides, ussuriensis and viverrinus. It has been suggested recently that Japanese Raccoon Dogs should be classified as a distinct species Nyctereutes viverrinus with two subspecies N. v. viverrinus and N. v. albus (Sang-In et al. 2015). The classification is based on chromosomal, molecular and morphological differences between Japanese and mainland populations (see also Kauhala and Saeki 2004a). ( http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/14925... )