Crocuta crocuta (Erxleben, 1777), the spotted hyena, is a large, widespread, terrestrial carnivore with a female-dominant social system. It ranges from about 17°N to 28°S and lives in diverse habitats from savannas to swamps (but not rain forests) and up to 4,000 m in elevation. As assessed in 2014, C. crocuta is listed as "Least Concern"(LC) by The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List of Threatened Species version 2016.1.
canid, carnivore, sexual dimorphism, spotted hyena
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Hayssen, Virginia and Noonan, Paula, "Crocuta crocuta (Carnivora: Hyaenidae)" (2021). Biological Sciences: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.