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The Langbene is a medium-sized canid found in parts of northern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. It is a descendant of saluki, greyhound and Arabian wolf.
Biology and ReproductionEdit
Langbenes have long stilt-like legs and flat paws that allow them to move around deserts, As well as large bat-like ears that help them sense prey; bristly-white fur grows inside the ears to block out sand and dust. These canids have a relatively slim build compared with other canids and long tail that assists them in maintaining balance. Langbene coats are usually a "sandy-brindle" similar to the coats of one of it's descendants the Arabian wolf, but melanistic varieties have been documented.
Langbenes usually give birth to two puppies and in rare cases three or four. A study on a female langbene nicknamed "Sand Dollar" found that langbene have the ability to and will slow down their metabolism to conserve food and water during times of extremes. How they evolved this ability is largely unknown.
Behavior and EcologyEdit
Langbene can be very aggressive towards each other, this is most likely an inherited trait passed by the greyhound, which is taught to be extremely competitive with other dogs for the sake of winning dog races. This is largely the reason why they are solitary.
Langbenes feed on a variety of prey, they primarily feed on desert hares or rabbits, but have been known to take down prey as large as Sahara Fallow Deer and as small as jerboa. These canids are very generalist omnivores, despite mostly feeding on meat; they have extremely strong digestive systems which allow them to feed on and drive nutrients from what would be mostly inedible by human and even domestic dog standards.
Langbene are descendants of sighthounds. Sighthounds are dogs that were bred by humans to use sight to hunt as opposed to scent. The most likely ancestor of the saluki. It is speculated that many saluki and greyhound racing dogs were abandoned and left ownerless during and after the Last World War, without human interference they interbred with each other and eventually started to interbreed with the Arabian Wolf. Scientist speculate that they originally evolved in the Arabian peninsula, but spread into the Sahara desert by crossing the land bridge between North Africa and Arabia.