The Daily Species #11:
Raccoon Dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides)
The latin name is taken from the Greek words nukt-, “night” + ereutēs, “wanderer” + prokuōn, “before-dog” + -oidēs, “-oid”. Also known as the magnut or tanuki, the raccoon dog is a canid indigenous to east Asia. It is the only extant species in the genus Nyctereutes. It is considered a basal canid species, resembling ancestral forms of the family. The raccoon dog is named for its resemblance to the raccoon (Procyon lotor), to which it is not closely related. Following its introduction into central and western Europe as a fur animal, it has been treated as a potentially hazardous invasive species.