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Black backed Jackal

Canis mesomelas



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Eleanor2 a year ago

Hi Daniele, sorry I have only just seen this comment. Thank you so much for spotting of the day, it’s a great honour!!

Eleanor2 a year ago

Hi Stephen thanks for the supportive comment! :)

Stephen Wain
Stephen Wain a year ago


triggsturner a year ago

Congratulations Elleanor. I love these guys and you have caught this one beautifully.

DanielePralong a year ago

Welcome again to Project Noah Eleanor and congratulations, your Black -backed Jackal is our Spotting of the Day:

"Learn about disjunct distribution with this Black-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas) in our Spotting of the Day! The Black-backed Jackal is an ancient, fox-like canid species endemic to Africa. Fossils show that it has occupied eastern and southern Africa for at least 2-3 million years. It has two geographically separate populations: one in the East and the Horn of Africa, and one in southwest Africa, and is missing from much of central and equatorial Africa. This is what is known as a disjunct distribution in biology. For our Black-backed Jackal this distribution is similar to that of other African endemics adapted to dry habitats such as the Aardwolf (Proteles cristatus) or the Bat-eared Fox Otocyon megalotis). This discontinuous distribution suggests that regions of dry habitat preferred by this species, such as acacia bush or savannah, once ran through continuously from southwest Africa to the East and Horn of Africa".



Spotted by

Moses Kotane Local Municipality, North West, South Africa

Lat: -25.22, Long: 27.03

Spotted on May 11, 2018
Submitted on Jul 4, 2018

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