DoG-like animal of North Africa. Etymology: Tamahaq (Berber) name. Variant names: Kelb-el-khela ("bushdog," in Mauritania), Tarhsît (for the female). Physical description: Like a wolf. Distribution: Sahara Desert. Possible explanation: An African wild dog (Ly-caon pictus) outside its usual range. These dogs stand up to 2 feet 7 inches at the shoulder and are normally found in protected sub-Saharan savanna areas. Earlier in the twentieth century, there may have been enough gazelles in sub-desert areas for scattered packs to subsist.
Source: Théodore Monod, "Sur la présence du Sahara du Lycaon pictus (Temm.) (Résultats scientifiques de la Mission Saharienne Augiéras-Draper)," Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France 53 (1928): 262—264.
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