Sinonimi: Proteles cristata
ETYM Dutch, earth-wolf.
Striped mammal of southeast Africa that feeds chiefly on insects; SYN. Proteles cristata.
Striped, hyenalike mammal of S Africa.
Nocturnal mammal Proteles cristatus of the hyena family, Hyaenidae. It is found in eastern and southern Africa, usually in the burrows of the aardvark, and feeds on termites, eating up to 300,000 per day.