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Origin: L. Hyaena, gr, orig, a sow, but usually, a Libyan wild beast, prob, the hyena, fr. Hog: cf. F. Hyene. See sow female hog.

(Science: zoology) Any carnivorous mammal of the family Hyaenidae, of which three living species are known. They are large and strong, but cowardly. They feed chiefly on carrion, and are nocturnal in their habits.

alternative forms: hyaena.

The striped hyena (hyaena striata) inhabits southern asia and a large part of Africa. The brown hyena (H. Brunnea), and the spotted hyena (Crocuta maculata), are found in southern Africa. The extinct cave hyena (H. Spelaea) inhabited England and France. Cave hyena. See cave.

(Science: zoology) hyena dog, a south african canine animal (Lycaon venaticus), which hunts in packs, chiefly at night. It is smaller than the common wolf, with very large, erect ears, and a bushy tail. Its colour is reddish or yellowish brown, blotched with black and white.

Synonym: hunting dog.

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Re: Ecology : competition

... between different species? THX If the larger species is seen to be shoving the smaller off the food and eating it themselves. ex. lions hyenas vultures, and jackals round a carcass. or magpies and sparrows at a bird table.

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by animartco
Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:25 pm
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Ecology : competition
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Female fight

... species (aside from human) where females would fight for males, and not the ususal other way around? I cannot think of any example. I heard female hyenas are much bigger, more masculine, have more testosterone, but even those: would those females fight with each other to mate with a male?

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by kk
Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:14 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Female fight
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Re: Hyenas

my biology teacher said that the leader of a hyenas pack is a female is that true?

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by deadth1
Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:19 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Hyenas
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Hyenas DO Hunt

I think hyenas actually catch their own prey A LOT more than people assume, particularly the spotted hyena. Hyenas aren't the fastest sprinters, but they are among the best endurance hunters. The heart of a hyena is bigger than ...

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by EdLincoln
Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:25 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Hyenas
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Community vs. Population

... the desert is a type of community; there are also other plants and animals there like grasses, shrubs; animals like gazelles, zebras, hyenas, and the like.

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by mcar
Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:05 pm
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Community vs. Population
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