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Asian Striped Hyena - Species Detail

AKA: Gold: 13 13/16" Gold (Bow): 0"
Endangered: Silver: 0" Silver (Bow): 0"
Bronze: 0" Bronze (Bow): 0"
Hyaena hyaena hyaena

DESCRIPTION Head and body length 40-47 inches (102-119 cm). Tail length 10-18 inches (25-46 cm). Shoulder height 25-31 inches (64-79 cm). Weight 65-100 pounds (29-45 kg). Females are somewhat larger than males.

The smallest of the true hyenas, with a massive head, long pointed ears, sloping back and a long, bushy tail. The coat is long, coarse and shaggy. It varies in color from gray to yellowish-gray, with a number of black stripes on the body and legs. The muzzle, throat and neck are mostly black, and there are two black cheek stripes. A black-tipped, erectile mane extends from neck to rump.

HABITAT Dry savanna, thornbush and deserts. Thick cover is essential.

DISTRIBUTION From Anatolia (Asian Turkey) and the Arabian Peninsula eastward to India.

TAXONOMIC NOTES Three subspecies are listed in Asia: hyaena (most of the species range in Asia), sultana (southeastern Arabia), and syriaca (Syria). They are combined here with hyaena Linnaeus, 1758 having priority.

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