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Alaskan tundra wolf

The Alaskan tundra wolf (Canis lupus tundrarum), also known as the barren-ground wolf,[2] is a subspecies of gray wolf native to the barren grounds of the Arctic coastal tundra region. This subspecies only inhabits the tundra regions along the Arctic coast of northern Alaska.[3] It was named in 1912 by Gerrit Smith Miller, who noted that it closely approaches the Great Plains wolf in skull and tooth morphology, though possessing a narrower rostrum and palate.[4] It is a large, white-colored wolf closely resembling C. l. pambasileus, though lighter in color.[5] This wolf is recognized as a subspecies of Canis lupus in the taxonomic authority Mammal Species of the World (2005).[6]

Alaskan tundra wolf
Canis lupus tundrarum Lobo Park.jpg
C. l. tundrarum, Lobo Park, Antequera, Spain
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
C. l. tundrarum
Trinomial name
Canis lupus tundrarum
Miller, 1912[1]
North American gray wolf subspecies distribution according to Goldman (1944) & MSW3 (2005).png
Historical and present range of gray wolf subspecies in North America

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Canis lupus tundrarum Miller, 1912". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  2. ^ Glover, A. (1942), Extinct and vanishing mammals of the western hemisphere, with the marine species of all the oceans, American Committee for International Wild Life Protection, pp. 226-227
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  4. ^ Miller, G. S. (1913), The names of the large wolves of northern and western North America, Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, vol. 59, no. 15
  5. ^ Mech, L. David (1981), The Wolf: The Ecology and Behaviour of an Endangered Species, University of Minnesota Press, p. 353, ISBN 0-8166-1026-6
  6. ^ Wozencraft, W.C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 575–577. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. url=