African hunting dog

also called  Cape Hunting Dog, or Hyena Dog 

      (Lycaon pictus), wild African carnivore that differs from the rest of the members of the dog family (Canidae) in having only four toes on each foot. Its coat is short, sparse, and irregularly blotched with yellow, black, and white. The African hunting dog is about 76–102 cm (30–41 inches) long, exclusive of its 31–41-centimetre tail, stands about 60 cm (24 inches) at the shoulder, and weighs about 16–23 kg (35–50 pounds).

      The African hunting dog is long-limbed with a broad, flat head, short muzzle, and large, erect ears. It hunts in packs of 15 to 60 or more and is found in most of Africa south and east of the Sahara, particularly in grasslands. It usually preys on antelopes and some larger game but has been hunted in settled regions for the damage it sometimes does to domestic livestock. The average number of young per litter appears to be about six; gestation periods of about 60 and 80 days have been noted.

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  • African hunting dog — noun a powerful doglike mammal of southern and eastern Africa that hunts in large packs; now rare in settled area • Syn: ↑hyena dog, ↑Cape hunting dog, ↑Lycaon pictus • Hypernyms: ↑wild dog * * * noun Usage: usually capitalized A …   Useful english dictionary

  • African hunting dog — noun see African wild dog …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • east african hunting dog — noun Usage: usually capitalized E&A : african hunting dog …   Useful english dictionary

  • south african hunting dog — noun Usage: usually capitalized S&A : african hunting dog …   Useful english dictionary

  • African wild dog — n. 1. 1 (Zo[ o]l.) a dog ({Lycaon pictus}) with mottled fur found in Africa, notable for the strong social structure of its family groups. Syn: painted wolf, African hunting dog. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • African Wild Dog — Taxobox name = African Wild DogMSW3 Wozencraft | pages = | id = 14000818] status = EN status system = iucn2.3 status ref = IUCN2006|assessors=McNutt et al |year=2004|id=12436|title=Lycaon pictus|downloaded=06 May 2008 Database entry includes… …   Wikipedia

  • African wild dog — noun a wild dog of sub Saharan Africa, Lycaon pictus, which hunts in packs, coloured with patches of brown, black, red, yellow and white, and having large ears. Also, African hunting dog …   Australian English dictionary

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