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Sorry, this is just a pet peeve of mine. I get seriously annoyed when people say things like "Save the Mexican wolf, not the Gray wolf!"

The Mexican wolf IS a Gray wolf. More specifically, it is a subspecies, but still a Gray wolf nonetheless. It's obvious the subspecies most people are frequently talking about is the one in the Rockies used for the Yellowstone introduction. This particular subspecies is known as Canis lupus occidentalis, aka the Mackenzie Valley wolf or simply the Canadian wolf.

The Gray wolf's latin binomial is Canis lupus. Notice the following subspecies people often confuse as separate species, these are just a few:

Arctic wolf (Canis lupus arctos)
Vancouver Island wolf (Canis lupus crassodon)*
Alexander Archipelago wolf (Canis lupus ligoni)*
Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi)
Canadian wolf (Canis lupus occidentalis)
European wolf (Canis lupus lupus)

*Disputed by taxonomists

If you're going to recognize one subspecies, at least recognize the rest... don't just refer to the universal species as a whole, and then confuse the shit out of people by saying, "save this subspecies, the entire species isn't endangered!"

Read more about wolf subspecies in two of my literature pieces here:
Canis lupus soupus
Subjectivity of Subspecies

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PinesongWolf Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, people fail to realize that they are all Canis lupis. The only exception in North America is Canis Rufus, the red wolf. But Eurasian, Mackenzie Valley, Eastern Timber, Arctic , Tundra, Alexander Archipelago, British Colombian, Iberian, Italian, Arabian, Mexican--it's all Canis lupis, the grey wolf.
sulfide Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Canis rufus is one big cluster fuck in itself. Don't even wanna go there!
PinesongWolf Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Lol, "the coyote said to the she-wolf..."
CareBearKidd Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't know this. I knew the gray wolf was a species, but I didn't know it was an umbrella term for all those other canines. That's pretty cool :)
TheDisgusticifiedOne Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To me wolves are wolves. They're majestic wild dogs that live in forests and badlands and plains. They're wolves.
KyzerKech Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012   General Artist
when people think of gray wolf they think of timberwolves only XD
Luna-and-Elephant Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Grey wolf is actually a sub-species.
sulfide Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
No, it isn't. You're probably thinking of Canis lupus lupus sometimes referred to as the "Common gray wolf", the most proliferating subspecies in Eurasia.
TwilightLover1993 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Yea.. man. People being obsessed with Wolves creeps me out as it is. OTL Some have even gone as far as to label them wrong etc..
tahtipolya Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The "Grey Wolf" is also known as "The Common Wolf", so that's what I usually call them, since Wolves shouldn't be labeled by their colour.
Ziblink Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have a dream, that one day wolves will not be judged by the color of their coat, but the content of their genetics!
sulfide Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
SuperPoko Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
e__e I didn't even know that. Thank you for spreading the message then.
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