Himalayan wolf

species of mammal

The Himalayan wolf is a proposed clade within the Tibetan wolf (Canis lupus filchneri) subspecies. Its mitochondrial DNA is basal to all other wolves including other Tibetan wolves. The taxonomic status of this wolf clade was disputed: the separate species Canis himalayensis was proposed, based on two limited DNA studies.

Himalayan wolf
Himalayan wolf in the Upper Mustang region of Annapurna Conservation Area in Nepal
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
C. l. chanco
Trinomial name
Canis lupus chanco
Gray, 1863
Himalayan wolf distribution (red dots in highlands) compared with the holarctic grey wolf (blue dots in lowlands)


  1. Werhahn, G.; Hennelly, M.; Lyngdoh, S.J.; Habib, B.; Viranta, S.; Shrotriya, S. (2023). "Canis lupus ssp. chanco". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2023: e.T223987824A223987841. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2023-1.RLTS.T223987824A223987841.en. Retrieved 7 January 2024.