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Lycothylacinus potens, as they are called, are tentatively classified as Dasyuromorphia, although some argue that they and other large marsupial carnivores should be placed in an order of their own. L. potens, commonly called leucrota, exhibit similar physical characteristics with both wolves and lions, although, being a marsupial, they are not related to them in the slightest. Their superficial similarities to wolves and lions arises from convergent evolution due to similar biological conditions.
Leucrota are highly social mammals, and tend to live in packs or clans made up of a breeding pair and their offspring. Occasionally, other relatives, such as a sibling or a nephew, may be included. Clans tend to be made up of around six or ten individuals; rarely are they ever larger than fourteen. The whole clan tends to take great care of their young. However, if another clan takes over an existing clans' territory, they tend to kill any pups that cannot flee. Similarly, if a male usurps a clan leader, all pups younger than six or seven months tend to be killed. Mothers often try to hide their pups, and, very occasionally, will even kill their offspring themselves. Leucota communicate through body postures and a variety of vocalizations including growls, coughs, yips and, when threatened, their signature barking-roar.
These carnivores tend to prefer temperate environments, although two subspecies are known to live in deserts and one subspecies has been found living exclusively on the northern steppes. Overall, their coats tend to be mostly a mottled tawny color, with many black specimens and a few greyish, or "roan" animals. Very rarely are leucistic individuals found. Leucota usually hunt larger animals, such as unicorns and moose, but are also opportunistic.
Like wolves and lions, leucota are greatly feared and often killed. Due to habitat encroachment, many leucota clans end up killing livestock, and thus are hunted.
The leucota pictured here is a clan that has taken up residence a bit too close to human habitation. Several of their number have been reduced, due to the clans' predation of livestock. The clan leader, pictured standing, is the father of a character of mine, who I may or may not post here (depends on if I can get a good picture of him).
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