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Remarks on the skull morphology of the endangered Ethiopian jackal, Canis simensis Rappel 1838

  • Lorenzo Rook
  • Maria Luisa
  • Azzaroli Puccetti
  • A. Azzaroli


The study of a skull ofCanis simensis Rüppel 1838, an endangered species endemic to the Ethiopian highlands, belonging to the old collections of the Museo Zoologico «La Specola» of the University of Florence, gave us the starting stimulus for this research. The results of morphological and biomethrical analyses carried out on a sample of 13 skulls of this rare and little known species are reported here. Although characterized by peculiar features, Canis simensis is closely related with jackals.

Key words

Canis simensis Mammalia Carnivora Skull morphology Ethiopia 

Note sulla morfologia craniale dello sciacallo etiopico in pencolo di estinzione, Canis simensis Ruppel 1838


Lo studio di un cranio diCanis simensis Rüppel 1838, una specie cndemica degli altipiani etiopici, appartenente alle vecchie collezioni del Museo Zoologico «La Specola» ha fornito lo spunto per questa ricerca. Vengono qui riportati i risultati dt uno studio morfologico e biometrico su un campione di 13 cranii di questa specie rara e poco conosciuta. Sebbene presenti caratteristiche peculiari.Canis simensis risulta in stretta relazione con gli sciacalli.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorenzo Rook
    • 2
  • Maria Luisa
    • 1
  • Azzaroli Puccetti
    • 1
  • A. Azzaroli
  1. 1.Museo di Storia Naturale dell’Università cli FirenzeSezione Zoologica «La Specola»Firenzi
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze dellu TerraUniversità degli Studi di FirenzeFirenze

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