First record of a melanistic golden jackal (Canis aureus, Canidae) from Turkey

Ambarlı, Huseyin
Bilgin, Cemal Can
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H. Ambarlı and C. C. Bilgin, “First record of a melanistic golden jackal (Canis aureus, Canidae) from Turkey,” MAMMALIA, pp. 219–222, 2013, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: