The Pelagus Wolf is a common species of predatory canine mammalian species native to both the many temperate forest strung across Haven, as well as the cold and icy regions of the planet. They are amongst the most common species of wolf on Haven, with a theorized global population of around three million and can be found in small quantities almost anywhere, however a good rule of thumb would be that the farther out you go from temperate or icy climates, the less Pelagus Wolves you will encounter.
As they are fairly common species, the Pelagus Wolf is a relatively famous species of canine across Haven's many diverged cultures, appearing in many pieces of cultural art and iconography, mostly due to the large main that surrounds their face being seen as a symbol for power, with various powerful groups and families across Haven adopting the Pelagus Wolf as their official insignia.
The Pelagus Wolf shares many of the inherit baseline physical traits found in all canine species across planet Haven. They have a quadruped build, with two front facing eyes, a slanted snout, and two ears on the sides of their head. Their elongated mouths are filled with numerous, razor sharp teeth, with an adult Pelagus Wolf containing around sixty-two individual teeth. Each tooth is specially designed to rip and shred through prey, and their jaws have been evolved to be able to clamp down upon them with great force, reaching conducive forces up to a thousand pounds per square inch, making the Pelagus Wolf one of the most powerful species of canine on the planet in terms of biting power.
The skin of the Pelagus Wolf is extremely tough, evolved to be able to withstand great amounts of kinetic forced inflicted upon it thanks to the harshness of many of their respective native environments, along with offering protection against any rival predator species. Along with their naturally hardened skin, the Pelagus Wolf is also covered in a thick coat of fur, comprising numerous individual strains of hair. This fur coat is specially developed to withstand the harsh climates of their native icy environments, allowing a Pleagus Wolf to endure extremely cold temperatures, reaching all the way down to a frigid negative seventeen degrees Celsius, however as the Pelagus Wolves spread themselves to other, more diverse areas of climate, this is no longer needed in some, leading to select Pleagus Wolves within said regions to be born with thinner fur coats. Along with offering protection from the cold, the Pleagus Wolf's fur coat is also used to entice a mate, in a manner similar to some bird species, with those who have larger, more colorful and soft fur coats having a better chance of securing mate.
Their senses of sight, sound, and smell are extremely adept, being able to see far into the distance, with a max vision range of around three kilometers ahead. Their hearing on the other hand is even more impressive. being able to hear almost anything occurring within two kilometer, three hundred and sixty degree radius around them, As well, their sense of smell has been finely tuned to pick up even the most minute smells that may pick up the Pleagus Wolf's attention, such as the scent of a respective prey species they may be currently hunting. All of these combined have made the Pleagus Wolf one of the most effective predator species across the whole of planet Haven.
Despite their impressive senses and physical abilities, the Pleagus Wolf lacks great feats of speed, as their massive bodies do not allow them to run as fast as some of their contemporaries, only clocking in at a maximum speed of around twenty-five kilometers per standard hour. As a result, the Pelagus Wolf mostly relies on its other senses for hunting and defending itself.
The bassline behavioral traits of the Pelagus wolf can be described as very alert, and carious, as no Pelagus Wolf will ever take any action without first taking every precaution beforehand, in case of any nearby rival predators who may me altered to their presence. Along with their cautious nature, the Pelagus Wolf is often times very territorial solitary, almost never allowing any other member of their kind to encroach upon their respective territory, with the exception of those of the opposite gender during their mating season.
As they hunt, a Pelagus Wolf ensure that each and every possible escape route a potential prey animal may employ has been eliminated, usually preferring to corner prey against wall-like structures or thick tree lines. How it decides its respective prey is usually determined by the size of an animal, and as the Pelagus Wolf is fairly large, numerous types of animal is seen as a potential source of food by them, however due to their intelligence, numerous hazards species of animal, such as those who are poisonous will be avoided.