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Canis dirus Leidy 1858 (dire wolf)

Mammalia - Carnivora - Canidae

Alternative combination: Aenocyon dirus

Synonyms: Aenocyon ayersi Sellards 1916, Canis ayersi Sellards 1916, Canis indianensis Leidy 1869, Canis mississippiensis Allen 1876

Belongs to Canis according to R. M. Nowak 1979

Sister taxa: Canis (Pseudalopex), Canis adustus, Canis antarcticus, Canis anthus, Canis apolloniensis, Canis armbrusteri, Canis aureus, Canis cedazoensis, Canis dingo, Canis edwardii, Canis familiaris, Canis ferox, Canis latrans, Canis lepophagus, Canis lupus, Canis mesomelas, Canis morenis, Canis niger, Canis palaeoplatensis, Canis primigenius, Canis proplatensis, Canis rufus

Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore-omnivore

Average measurements (in mm): P3 17.5 x 7.8, P4 29.6 x 13.8, M1 18.2 x 23.9, M2 10.8 x 15.5, p4 19.5 x 9.9, m1 35.2 x 13.5, Femur length 256.8, Humerus length 241.8, Mandible length 191.3, Tibia length 245.4, Wings of atlas width 111.2