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Title: Speothos  
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Subject: Canidae, Bush dog, Dhole, List of mammal genera, Helogale
Collection: Canines, Mammal Genera
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Temporal range: Pleistocene to Recent
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Subfamily: Caninae
Genus: Speothos
Lund, 1839
Type species
Speothos pacivorus
  • Icticyon Lund, 1843
  • Abathmodon Lund, 1843

Speothos is a genus of canid found in Central and South America. The genus includes the living Bush Dog, Speothos venaticus, as well as an extinct Pleistocene species, Speothos pacivorus. Surprisingly, the fossil species was identified and named prior to the discovery of the extant species, with the result that the type species of Speothos is S. pacivorus.


  • Berta A., 1984. The Pleistocene Bush Dog Speothos pacivorus (Canidae) from the Lagoa Santa Caves, Brazil Journal of Mammalogy 65(4):549-559.

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