Canidrakes are a well-known and relatively common species of darkeyed dragon, which due to convergent evolution and perhaps some magic resemble wolves but are bigger-most Canidrakes are like dire wolves, about 6 feet long, 3 feet tall at the shoulder, but some Canidrakes manage to reach sizes akin to a bear.
Like wolves, Canidrakes are smart and persistant pack hunters that possess fur. Unlike wolves, however, Canidrakes are mesotherms, possess extra ribs (these protect the neck and belly) and scales (scales cover their bodies in places), are better at conserving water (like reptiles, they produce uric acid instead of urine), and their heads are more reptilian.
Basically, they're bigger and have better defenses, due to extra ribs, having a body entirely covered in scales and fur so hard and sharp it's basically quills, with stockier, thicker builds and longer tails. This means they're relatively slow, and likely need more food than regular wolves. Because of this, I suspect Canidrakes could coexist alongside regular wolves, and that their different physiology would lead to them having a different ecological niche. However, my question is, What Would a Canidrake's Niche Be?
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Canidrakes are essentially wolves (with the differences stated above, of course), but being descended from drakes, they are genetically closest related to dinosaurs, birds, and reptiles, in that order. This is why they are mesotherms, why their skin is scaly, and why they have extra ribs. The best answer should take their origins into account when determining the ecological niche of Canidrake, which will be living in forests and grasslands just like regular wolves do IRL.
Canidrakes are bigger, tougher, but also slower and more energy-intensive than regular wolves, and considering their origins, may not be capable of persistence hunting like regular wolves. The best answer should take the differences between Canidrakes and wolves into account when determining their niche.
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