The Indian wolf could be far more endangered than previously recognised, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, and the scientists who sequenced the Indian wolf’s genome for the first time.
The findings, published in the journal Molecular Ecology, reveal the Indian wolf to be one of the world’s most endangered and evolutionarily distinct grey wolf populations. The study indicates that Indian wolves could represent the most ancient surviving lineage of wolves.
The Indian wolf is restricted to lowland India and Pakistan, where its grassland habitat is threatened primarily by human encroachment and land conversion. MORE
Header image: Stemming from an ancient lineage, Indian wolves are one of the most evolutionarily distinct and endangered grey wolf populations. Credit: Mihir Godbole/The Grasslands Trust.