Canis in West Ethiopia

I am reposting this for Matthias

Hi all. A friend of mine has sent me a few pictures of road kills in Western Ethiopia. The confusion I have is the issue with the African wolf… The pictures are attached below, I would say the right one is a Side striped jackal. It might be because of the casualty not looking too fresh anymore though the left one looks different to me…




Thanks for your input,


  1. Profile photo of Conuropsis
    Conuropsis 4 years ago

    Both look like African Wolf or Golden Jackal, whatever you want to call it, to me. I don’t see the lighter coloration or white-tipped tail of the Side-striped compared to the wolf. They look just like the wolves/jackals I saw while in Kenya. Just my opinion.


  2. Profile photo of Vladimir Dinets
    Vladimir Dinets 4 years ago

    The first one has a side stripe, a single black stripe across the chest, and a sloping forehead, so I think it’s a side-striped jackal (I can’t see the tail tip so I wonder if Conuropsis and I are seeing different images for some reason). The teeth are too small for a wolf. The second photo is too small to see much detail, but if you could upload a larger version, the dentition should be visible and it should be possible to ID it.

  3. matthias 4 years ago

    Hi all,

    By copy pasting from the old site (Finally found out why it went so silent 😉 the lay out changed (and photo quality too). I agree with Vladimir on the side-striped jackal for the above picture.

    For the below picture I have no idea why it got so blurry but I’m also struggling to add a new picture to the reply section.

  4. Charles Foley 4 years ago

    I’m pretty sure both of them are Side-striped based on the throat colouration and patterning. The overall body colour of this species varies considerably across Africa, but the white throat followed by a black stripe and white patches just above the front legs appears to be a reliably consistent identification marker across the continent.

  5. Hector Gomez de Silva 4 years ago

    Becasue pelage color is a bit variable, I thought the most trustworthy difference between Side-striped and other jackals was the relative size of the ears. Both photos in Matthias’s post seem to show the small ears typical of Side-striped.

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