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Spotted Hyena in South Africa A rare sighting of a hyena in South Africa. Crocuta crocuta,Hyena,Spotted Hyena Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Spotted Hyena in South Africa

A rare sighting of a hyena in South Africa.

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The spotted hyena , also known as the laughing hyena or tiger wolf, is a species of hyena native to Sub-Saharan Africa. The spotted hyena is the largest member of the Hyaenidae, and is further physically distinguished from other species by its vaguely bear-like build, its rounded ears, its less prominent mane, its spotted pelt, its more dual purposed dentition, its fewer nipples and the presence of a pseudo-penis in the female. It is the only mammalian species to lack an external vaginal opening.

Similar species: Carnivorans
Species identified by DragonC
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By Erik Wassenaar

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Uploaded May 31, 2011. Captured Jul 18, 2009 09:03.
  • NIKON D40
  • ISO360
  • 170mm