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The Somali wild dog (Lycaon pictus somalicus) is a subspecies of African wild dog native to the Horn of Africa. It is similar to the East African subspecies, but is smaller, has shorter and coarser fur and has a weaker dentition. Its colour closely approaches that of the Cape subspecies, with the yellow parts being buff, rather than bright orange, as is the case in the East African subspecies.

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  • Somali wild dog
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  • Il licaone somalo (Lycaon pictus somalicus) è una sottospecie di licaone indigeno del Corno d'Africa. È simile al licaone dell'Africa Orientale, ma più piccolo, con pelo più corto e ispido, e una dentizione più debole. Il suo colore si avvicina a quello del licaone del capo, mentre le parti gialle sono più brune invece che arancioni come nel caso del licaone dell'Africa Orientale.
  • The Somali wild dog (Lycaon pictus somalicus) is a subspecies of African wild dog native to the Horn of Africa. It is similar to the East African subspecies, but is smaller, has shorter and coarser fur and has a weaker dentition. Its colour closely approaches that of the Cape subspecies, with the yellow parts being buff, rather than bright orange, as is the case in the East African subspecies.
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  • Somali wild dog
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  • Thomas, 1904
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  • Taxidermy exhibit on display in the Natural History Museum of Genoa, Italy
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  • Il licaone somalo (Lycaon pictus somalicus) è una sottospecie di licaone indigeno del Corno d'Africa. È simile al licaone dell'Africa Orientale, ma più piccolo, con pelo più corto e ispido, e una dentizione più debole. Il suo colore si avvicina a quello del licaone del capo, mentre le parti gialle sono più brune invece che arancioni come nel caso del licaone dell'Africa Orientale. Sebbene sia legalmente protetto in Etiopia, è assente nelle zone protette, sopravvivendo solo nelle regioni meridionali dello stato. Potrebbe esistere ancora nella Somalia settentrionale, ma la guerra civile ha diminuito le sue possibilità di sopravvivenza. È probabilmente estinto in Eritrea. Secondo Enno Littmann, il popolo della Regione dei Tigrè in Etiopia credevano che ferire un licaone con una lancia avrebbe risultato nell'animale bagnandosi la coda nel sangue per poi lanciarlo all'aggressore, causando morte immediata. Perciò, i pastori preferivano allontanare i licaone tramite le pietre che alle armi bianche.
  • The Somali wild dog (Lycaon pictus somalicus) is a subspecies of African wild dog native to the Horn of Africa. It is similar to the East African subspecies, but is smaller, has shorter and coarser fur and has a weaker dentition. Its colour closely approaches that of the Cape subspecies, with the yellow parts being buff, rather than bright orange, as is the case in the East African subspecies. It is legally protected in Ethiopia, though it is absent in all protected areas, being present only in small numbers in the southern part of the country. The animal may still occur in northern Somalia, but the ongoing Somali Civil War has made its prospects for survival poor. It is probably extinct in Eritrea. According to Enno Littmann, the people of Ethiopia's Tigray Region believed that injuring an African wild dog with a spear would result in the animal dipping its tail in its wounds and flicking the blood at its assailant, causing instant death. For this reason, Tigrean shepherds would repel African wild dog attacks with pebbles rather than with edged weapons.
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