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First ever record of a black-coloured maned wolf

Braga Ferreira, G; Barros, C; Costa, A; Dias, T; Oliveira, M; (2017) First ever record of a black-coloured maned wolf. Canid Biology & Conservation , 20 (10) pp. 42-45. Green open access

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Abstract

Records of atypical black individuals of Neotropical canids are extremely rare. Here, we report the first ever record of a black-coloured maned wolf Chrysocyon brachyurus, either wild or in captivity. Using camera traps to survey a protected area in the Brazilian Cerrado we obtained 30 maned wolf photographic records, 25 in its common reddish colour and five (16.6% of the records) in the previously unknown black phenotype. We suggest this is possibly an independent event of melanism in canids, discuss its potential evolutionary benefits and give recommendations for further research.

Type: Article
Title: First ever record of a black-coloured maned wolf
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.canids.org/c-b-c
Language: English
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Keywords: Black phenotype; Brazil; Cerrado; Chrysocyon brachyurus; coat colour; melanism; Minas Gerais.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10052748
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