Extinction of the wolf as a colour-monomorphic species 


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Canis lupus photo © Doug Smith


The original wolf no longer exists worldwide because of hybridisation with the domestic dog, a species derived mainly from a different, colour-polymorphic canid species. The wolf is extinct because its phenotype has changed, not just by degree but categorically with the conversion of an originally colour-monomorphic species to a hybrid showing discrete colour-morphs such as the dark morph pictured here.

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