The Info List - Aardwolf

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The aardwolf (Proteles cristata) is a small, insectivorous mammal, native to East and Southern Africa. Its name means "earth wolf" in Afrikaans and Dutch.[2] It is also called "maanhaar jackal"[3] (Afrikaans for "mane jackal") or civet hyena, based on its habit of secreting substances from its anal gland, a characteristic shared with the civet.[4] The aardwolf is in the same family as the hyena. Unlike many of its relatives in the order Carnivora, the aardwolf does not hunt large animals. It eats insects, mainly termites – one aardwolf can eat about 250,000 termites during a single night, using its long, sticky tongue to capture them.[5] The aardwolf lives in the shrublands of eastern and southern Africa – open lands covered with stunted trees and shrubs. It is nocturnal, resting in burrows during the day and emerging at night to seek food. Its diet consists mainly of termites and insect larvae.[6]


1 Taxonomy 2 Etymology 3 Physical characteristics 4 Distribution and habitat 5 Behavior

5.1 Feeding 5.2 Breeding

6 Conservation 7 Interaction with humans 8 Notes 9 Footnotes 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External links

Taxonomy[edit] The aardwolf is the only surviving species in the mammalian subfamily Protelinae. There is disagreement as to whether the species is monotypic.[7] or can be divided into subspecies P. c. cristatus of Southern Africa and P. c. septentrionalis of East Africa.[4][8] Recent studies have shown that the aardwolf probably broke away from the rest of the hyena family early on; however, how early is still unclear, as the fossil record and genetic studies disagree by 10 million years.[9][nb 2] The aardwolf is generally classified with the Hyaenidae, though it was formerly placed into the family Protelidae.[nb 3] Early on, scientists felt that it was merely mimicking the striped hyena, which subsequently led to the creation of Protelidae.[11] Etymology[edit] The generic name proteles comes from two words both of Greek origin, protos and teleos which combined means "complete in front" based on the fact that they have five toes on their front feet and four on the rear.[4] The specific name, cristatus, comes from Latin and means "provided with a comb", relating to their mane.[4] Physical characteristics[edit]

Detail of head – taken at the Cincinnati Zoo

The aardwolf resembles a very thin striped hyena, but with a more-slender muzzle, black vertical stripes on a coat of yellowish fur, and a long, distinct mane down the midline of the neck and back. It also has one or two diagonal stripes down the fore- and hind-quarters, along with several stripes on its legs.[8] The mane is raised during confrontations to make the aardwolf appear larger. It is missing the throat spot that others in the family have.[4] Its lower leg (from the knee down) is all black, and its tail is bushy with a black tip.[10] The aardwolf is about 55 to 80 cm (22 to 31 in) long, excluding its bushy tail, which is about 20–30 cm (7.9–11.8 in) long,[2][10] and stands about 40 to 50 cm (16 to 20 in) tall at the shoulders.[12] An adult aardwolf weighs approximately 7–10 kg (15–22 lb), sometimes reaching 15 kg (33 lb).[4] The aardwolves in the south of the continent tend to be smaller (about 10 kg (22 lb)), whereas the eastern version weighs more (around 14 kg (31 lb)).[8] The front feet have five toes each, unlike the four-toed hyena.[2][13] The teeth and skull are similar to those of other hyenas, though smaller,[12] and its cheek teeth are specialised for eating insects.[2] It does still have canines, but, unlike other hyenas, these teeth are used primarily for fighting and defense.[10] Its ears, which are large,[10] are very similar to those of the striped hyena.[4] As an aardwolf ages, it will normally lose some of its teeth, though this has little impact on its feeding habits due to the softness of the insects that it eats.[6]

Aardwolf skull

Distribution and habitat[edit] Aardwolves live in open, dry plains and bushland, avoiding mountainous areas.[10] Due to their specific food requirements, they are only found in regions where termites of the family Hodotermitidae occur. Termites of this family depend on dead and withered grass and are most populous in heavily grazed grasslands and savannahs, including farmland. For most of the year, aardwolves spend time in shared territories consisting of up to a dozen dens, which are occupied for six weeks at a time.[6] There are two distinct populations: one in Southern Africa, and another in East and Northeast Africa. The species does not occur in the intermediary miombo forests. An adult pair, along with their most-recent offspring, occupies a territory of 1–4 km2 (0.39–1.54 sq mi).[14] Behavior[edit]

Aardwolf at the San Antonio Zoo

Aardwolves are shy and nocturnal, sleeping in underground burrows by day.[2] They will, on occasion during the winter, become diurnal feeders. This happens during the coldest periods as they then stay in at night to conserve heat.[15] They have often been mistaken for solitary animals. In fact, they live as monogamous pairs with their young.[16] If their territory is infringed upon, they will chase the intruder up to 400 m (1,300 ft) or to the border.[14] If the intruder is caught, which rarely happens,[14] a fight will occur, which is accompanied by soft clucking,[17] hoarse barking, and a type of roar.[18] The majority of incursions occur during mating season, when they can occur once or twice per week.[18] When food is scarce, the stringent territorial system may be abandoned and as many as three pairs may occupy a "single territory".[18] The territory is marked by both sexes, as they both have developed anal glands from which they extrude a black substance that is smeared on rocks or grass stalks in 5-millimetre (0.20 in)-long streaks.[18] Aardwolves also have scent glands on the forefoot and penile pad.[19] They often mark near termite mounds within their territory every 20 minutes or so. If they are patrolling their territorial boundaries, the marking frequency increases drastically, to once every 50 m (160 ft). At this rate, an individual may mark 60 marks per hour,[18] and upwards of 200 per night.[14] An aardwolf pair may have up to 10 dens, and numerous middens, within their territory. When they deposit feces at their middens, they dig a small hole and then cover it with sand. Their dens are usually abandoned aardvark, springhare, or porcupine dens,[17] or on occasion they are crevices in rocks. They will also dig their own dens, or enlarge dens started by springhares.[18] They typically will only use one or two dens at a time, rotating through all of their dens every six months. During the summer, they may rest outside their den during the night, and sleep underground during the heat of the day. Aardwolves are not fast runners nor are they particularly adept at fighting off predators. Therefore, when threatened, the aardwolf may attempt to mislead its foe by doubling back on its tracks. If confronted, it may raise its mane in an attempt to appear more menacing. It also emits a foul-smelling liquid from its anal glands.[12] Feeding[edit] The aardwolf feeds primarily on termites and more specifically on Trinervitermes.[5] This genus of termites has different species throughout the aardwolf's range. In East Africa, they eat T. bettonianus, and in central Africa, they eat T. rhodesiensis, and finally in southern Africa, they eat T. trinervoides.[2][5][18] Their technique consists of licking them off the ground as opposed to the aardvark, which digs into the mound.[15] They locate their food by sound and also from the scent secreted by the soldier termites.[18] An aardwolf may consume up to 250,000 termites per night using its sticky, long tongue.[5][6] They do not destroy the termite mound or consume the entire colony, thus ensuring that the termites can rebuild and provide a continuous supply of food. They often memorize the location of such nests and return to them every few months.[17] During certain seasonal events, such as the onset of the rainy season and the cold of midwinter, the primary termites become scarce, so the need for other foods becomes pronounced. During these times, the southern aardwolf will seek out Hodotermes mossambicus, a type of harvester termite[18] active in the afternoon, which explains some of their diurnal behavior in the winter.[5] The eastern aardwolf, during the rainy season, subsists on termites from the genera Odontotermes and Macrotermes.[5] They are also known to feed on other insects, larvae, eggs, and, some sources say, occasionally small mammals and birds, but these constitute a very small percentage of their total diet.[18] Unlike other hyenas, aardwolves do not scavenge or kill larger animals.[10][17] Contrary to popular myths, aardwolves do not eat carrion, and if they are seen eating while hunched over a dead carcass, they are actually eating larvae and beetles.[10] Also, contrary to some sources, they do not like meat, unless it is finely ground or cooked for them.[10] The adult aardwolf was formerly assumed to forage in small groups,[12] but more recent research has shown that they are primarily solitary foragers,[16] necessary because of the scarcity of their insect prey. Their primary source, Trinervitermes, forages in small but dense patches of 25–100 cm (9.8–39.4 in).[18] While foraging, the aardwolf can cover about 1 km (0.62 mi) per hour, which translates to 8–12 km (5.0–7.5 mi) per summer night and 3–8 km (1.9–5.0 mi) per winter night.[10] Breeding[edit] The breeding season varies depending on location, but normally takes place during autumn or spring. In South Africa, breeding occurs in early July.[14] During the breeding season, unpaired male aardwolves search their own territory, as well as others, for a female to mate with. Dominant males also mate opportunistically with the females of less dominant neighboring aardwolves,[14] which can result in conflict between rival males.[4] Dominant males even go a step further and as the breeding season approaches, they make increasingly greater and greater incursions onto weaker males' territories. As the female comes into oestrus, they add pasting to their tricks inside of the other territories, sometimes doing so more in rivals' territories than their own.[14] Females will also, when given the opportunity, mate with the dominant male, which increases the chances of the dominant male guarding "his" cubs with her.[14] Copulation lasts between 1 and 4.5 hours.[20] Gestation lasts between 89 and 92 days,[4][14] producing two to five cubs (most often two or three) during the rainy season (November–December),[12] when termites are more active.[2] They are born with their eyes open, but initially are helpless,[18] and weigh around 200–350 g (7.1–12.3 oz).[4] The first six to eight weeks are spent in the den with their parents.[17] The male may spend up to six hours a night watching over the cubs while the mother is out looking for food.[14][18] After three months, they begin supervised foraging, and by four months are normally independent, though they often share a den with their mother until the next breeding season.[17] By the time the next set of cubs is born, the older cubs have moved on.[14] Aardwolves generally achieve sexual maturity at one and a half to two years of age.[4] Conservation[edit] The aardwolf has not seen decreasing numbers and they are relatively widespread throughout eastern Africa. They are not common throughout their range, as they maintain a density of no more than 1 per square kilometer, if the food is good. Because of these factors, the IUCN has rated the aardwolf as least concern.[1] In some areas, they are persecuted by man because of the mistaken belief that they prey on livestock; however, they are actually beneficial to the farmers because they eat termites that are detrimental.[18] In other areas, the farmers have recognized this, but they are still killed, on occasion, for their fur. Dogs and insecticides[1] are also common killers of the aardwolf.[17] Interaction with humans[edit] Aardwolfs are common sights at zoos. Frankfurt Zoo in Germany was home to the oldest recorded aardwolf in captivity at 18 years and 11 months.[10]

Illustration of Proteles cristatus


^ Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern [1] ^ The fossil record shows 18–20 mya, and genetic studies indicate roughly 10.6 mya.[9] ^ Some sources such as Coetzee in Meester and Setzer (1977), Köhler and Ricardson (1990), and Yalden, Largen, and Koch (1980), classify the aardwolf in its own family still.[10]


^ a b c Anderson & Mills 2008 ^ a b c d e f g Hoiberg 2010, p. 4 ^ Oxford English Dictionary Online 2013 ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Rieger 1990, pp. 570–571 ^ a b c d e f Mills & Harvey 2001, p. 71 ^ a b c d Anon 1998, p. 144 ^ Wozencraft 2005, p. 573 ^ a b c Mills & Harvey 2001, p. 33 ^ a b Koepfli et al. 2006, p. 615 ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Nowak 2005, pp. 222–223 ^ Brottman 2012, pp. 28–29 ^ a b c d e Goodwin 1997, p. 3 ^ Brottman 2012, p. 29 ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Mills & Harvey 2001, pp. 108–109 ^ a b Brottman 2012, p. 30 ^ a b Koehler & Richardson 1990, p. 4 ^ a b c d e f g Brottman 2012, p. 31 ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Richardson & Bearder 1984, pp. 158–159 ^ Stoeckelhuber, Mechthild, Alexander Sliwa, and Ulrich Welsch. "Histo‐physiology of the scent‐marking glands of the penile pad, anal pouch, and the forefoot in the aardwolf (Proteles cristatus)." The anatomical record 259.3 (2000): 312-326. ^ Sliwa, Alexander. "A functional analysis of scent marking and mating behaviour in the aardwolf." Proteles cristatus (1996).


Anderson, M.; Mills, G. (2008). "Proteles cristatus: Aardwolf". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 22 March 2009.  Anon (1998). Wildlife Fact File. Group 1. IMP Publishing Ltd. Card 144. ISBN 978-1886614772.  Brottman, Mikita (2012). Burt, Jonathon, ed. Hyena. Animal. London, UK: Reaktion Books. pp. 28–32. ISBN 978-1-86189-9217.  Goodwin, George G. (1997). "Aardwolf". In Johnston, Bernard. Collier's Encyclopedia. I: A to Ameland (1st ed.). New York, NY: P.F. Collier.  Hoiberg, Dale H., ed. (2010). "Aardwolf". Encyclopædia Britannica. I: A-Ak - Bayes (15th ed.). Chicago, IL: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. ISBN 978-1-59339-837-8.  Koehler, C. E.; Richardson, P. R. K. (1990). "Proteles cristatus". Mammalian Species. American Society of Mammalogists. 363: 1–6. JSTOR 3504197.  Koepfli, Klaus-Peter; Jenks, Susan M.; Eizirik, Eduardo; Zahirpour, Tannaz; Van Valkenburgh, Blaire; Wayne, Robert K. (2006). "Molecular systematics of the Hyaenidae: Relationships of a Relictual Lineage Resolved by a Molecular Supermatrix" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 38 (3): 603–620. CiteSeerX . doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2005.10.017. ISSN 1055-7903. PMID 16503281.  Mills, Gus; Harvey, Martin (2001). African Predators. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press. ISBN 1-56098-096-6.  Nowak, Ronald M. (2005). Walker's Carnivores of the World. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-8018-8032-7.  Oxford English Dictionary Online (2013). "maanhaar". Oxford English Dictionary. Retrieved 23 April 2014.  Richardson, Phillip K. R.; Bearder, Simon K. (1984). "The Hyena Family". In MacDonald, David. The Encyclopedia of Mammals. New York, NY: Facts on File Publication. ISBN 0-87196-871-1.  Rieger, Ingo (1990). "Hyenas". In Parker, Sybil P. Grzimek's Encyclopedia of Mammals. 3. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. ISBN 0-07-909508-9.  Simpson, J. A.; Weiner, E. S. C., eds. (1989). "aard-wolf". The Oxford English Dictionary. I: A — Bazouki (2nd ed.). Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-861213-3.  Wozencraft, W.C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 573. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 

Further reading[edit]

Skinner, J. D.; Chimimba, Christian T. (2006). The Mammals of the Southern African Sub-region (3rd ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-84418-5. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Proteles cristata.

Wikispecies has information related to Proteles cristata

Animal Diversity Web IUCN Hyaenidae Specialist Group Aardwolf pages on hyaenidae.org Texts on Wikisource:

"Aard-wolf". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). 1911.  "Aard-wolf". Collier's New Encyclopedia. 1921. 

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Extant Carnivora species

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Infraclass: Eutheria Superorder: Laurasiatheria

Suborder Feliformia



African palm civet (N. binotata)

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Selous' mongoose (P. selousi)


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Meerkat (S. suricatta)

Hyaenidae (Hyenas)


Spotted hyena (C. crocuta)


Brown hyena (H. brunnea) Striped hyena (H. hyaena)


Aardwolf (P. cristatus)


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Large family listed below


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Otter civet (C. bennettii)


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Odobenidae (Pinniped inclusive)


Walrus (O. rosmarus)

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Hooded seal (C. cristata)


Bearded seal (E. barbatus)


Gray seal (H. grypus)


Ribbon seal (H. fasciata)


Leopard seal (H. leptonyx)


Weddell seal (L. weddellii)


Crabeater seal (L. carcinophagus)

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Northern elephant seal (M. angustirostris) Southern elephant seal (M. leonina)


Mediterranean monk seal (M. monachus) Hawaiian monk seal (M. schauinslandi)


Ross seal (O. rossi)


Harp seal (P. groenlandicus)


Spotted seal (P. largha) Harbor seal (P. vitulina)


Caspian seal (P. caspica) Ringed seal (P. hispida) Baikal seal (P. sibirica)


Large family listed below


Large family listed below

Family Canidae (includes dogs)


Short-eared dog (A. microtis)


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Crab-eating fox (C. thous)


Maned wolf (C. brachyurus)


Dhole (C. alpinus)


Culpeo (L. culpaeus) Darwin's fox (L. fulvipes) South American gray fox (L. griseus) Pampas fox (L. gymnocercus) Sechuran fox (L. sechurae) Hoary fox (L. vetulus)


African wild dog (L. pictus)


Raccoon dog (N. procyonoides)


Bat-eared fox (O. megalotis)


Bush dog (S. venaticus)


Gray fox (U. cinereoargenteus) Island fox (U. littoralis)

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Family Mustelidae

Lutrinae (Otters)


African clawless otter (A. capensis) Oriental small-clawed otter (A. cinerea)


Sea otter (E. lutris)


Spotted-necked otter (H. maculicollis)


North American river otter (L. canadensis) Marine otter (L. felina) Neotropical otter (L. longicaudis) Southern river otter (L. provocax)


Eurasian otter (L. lutra) Hairy-nosed otter (L. sumatrana)


Smooth-coated otter (L. perspicillata)


Giant otter (P. brasiliensis)

Mustelinae (including badgers)


Hog badger (A. collaris)


Tayra (E. barbara)


Lesser grison (G. cuja) Greater grison (G. vittata)


Wolverine (G. gulo)


Saharan striped polecat (I. libyca) Striped polecat (I. striatus)


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Fisher (P. pennanti)


Japanese badger (M. anakuma) Asian badger (M. leucurus) European badger (M. meles)


Honey badger (M. capensis)

Melogale (Ferret-badgers)

Bornean ferret-badger (M. everetti) Chinese ferret-badger (M. moschata) Javan ferret-badger (M. orientalis) Burmese ferret-badger (M. personata)

Mustela (Weasels and Ferrets)

Amazon weasel (M. africana) Mountain weasel (M. altaica) Stoat (M. erminea) Steppe polecat (M. eversmannii) Colombian weasel (M. felipei) Long-tailed weasel (M. frenata) Japanese weasel (M. itatsi) Yellow-bellied weasel (M. kathiah) European mink (M. lutreola) Indonesian mountain weasel (M. lutreolina) Black-footed ferret (M. nigripes) Least weasel (M. nivalis) Malayan weasel (M. nudipes) European polecat (M. putorius) Siberian weasel (M. sibirica) Back-striped weasel (M. strigidorsa) Egyptian weasel (M. subpalmata)

Neovison (Minks)

American mink (N. vison)


African striped weasel (P. albinucha)


American badger (T. taxus)


Marbled polecat (V. peregusna)

Taxon identifiers

Wd: Q185295 ADW: Proteles ARKive: proteles-cristata EoL: 925982 GBIF: 2433502 iNaturalist: 57561 ITIS: 726269 IUCN: 18372 MSW: 14000689 NCBI: 9