The Arabian Wolf (Canis lupus arabs) is a subspecies of wolf once found throughout the Arabian Peninsula, now limited to Southern Israel, Southern and Eastern Iraq, Oman, Yemen, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.
Unlike others of the species, Arabian wolves generally hunt in pairs and rarely, if at all, exceed groups of four. They are not known to howl, and the middle two toes of their paws are fused - a trait once thought unique to African Wild Dogs. The ears are much larger proportionately compared to other species; this is an adaptation to aid in the dispersal of body heat. Their winter coat is long (though shorter than northern sub-species), and during summer months, all but the hair along the back is shed short. The long hair maintained along the back is thought to be an adaptation to protect the wolf from solar radiation.
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