Canis dirus Leidy 1858 (dire wolf)

Mammalia - Carnivora - Canidae

Alternative combination: Aenocyon dirus

Synonyms: Aenocyon ayersi Sellards 1916, Canis ayersi Sellards 1916, Canis indianensis Leidy 1869, Canis mississippiensis Allen 1876

Full reference: J. Leidy. 1858. Notice of Remains of Extinct Vertebrata, from the Valley of the Niobrara River, Collected during the Exploring Expedition of 1857, in Nebraska, under the Command of Lieut. G. K. Warren, U. S. Top. Eng., by Dr. F. V. Hayden, Geologist to the Expedition. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 10:15-89

Belongs to Canis according to R. H. Tedford et al. 2009

See also Allen 1876, Alroy 2002, Elftman 1931, Hay 1902, Hibbard 1949, Hibbard and Taylor 1960, Kurten 1984, Kurten and Anderson 1980, Lundelius 1972, Martin 1974, Merriam 1903, Merriam 1918, Nowak 1979, Olson 1940, Simpson 1929, Slaughter 1966 and Troxell 1915

Sister taxa: Canis (Epicyon), Canis (Pseudalopex), Canis adustus, Canis antarcticus, Canis anthus, Canis apolloniensis, Canis armbrusteri, Canis arnensis, Canis aureus, Canis cedazoensis, Canis dingo, Canis edwardii, Canis etruscus, Canis familiaris, Canis feneus, Canis ferox, Canis geismarianus, Canis latidentatus, Canis latrans, Canis lepophagus, Canis lupus, Canis lydekkeri, Canis mesomelas, Canis montanus, Canis morenis, Canis mosbachensis, Canis niger, Canis osorum, Canis palaeoplatensis, Canis primigenius, Canis proplatensis, Canis rufus, Canis thooides

Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore-omnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Bolivia (1 collection), Mexico (5), Peru (3), United States (53: Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming), Venezuela (1)

Total: 63 collections including 64 occurrences

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