Sorry, this is just a pet peeve of mine. I hate -- ok maybe not hate, but 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 (the one that gets all of the media attention and carries all the political heat with it). This 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
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!"Stamp template->$zilla774
Gray wolves->IWC Free to use ethogram
Gray splat clip art->[link]