Canis lupus Linnaeus, 1758 – Grey Wolf
Grey wolf Canis lupus has wide distribution in Eurasia and N. America. There are several subspecies of this species of which Indian wolf Canis lupus pallipes and Mongolian Wolf/Himalayan Wolf Canis lupus chanco are distributed in India. There still exists an open debate over species recognition of these two subspecies. Some taxonomists consider them as subspecies under Canis lupus (as represented here) owing to lack of enough molecular and morphological studies to elevate it to individual separate species. Some other taxonomists suggest "Indian Wolf" Canis lupus pallipes to be elevated to a separate species i.e. Canis indica and "Himalayan Wolf" Canis lupus chanco as another separate species i.e. Canis himalayensis. Nevertheless, it remains unresolved due to lack of enough evidences and thorough scientific research.
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Bayani, A. 2020. Canis lupus Linnaeus, 1758 – Grey Wolf. Ramachandran, V., A. Bayani, R. Chakravarty, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (editors). Mammals of India, v. 1.13. editors.