Vulpes

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Vulpes
Various true foxes: red fox, Rüppell's fox, corsac fox, Bengal fox, arctic fox, Blanford's fox, cape fox and fennec fox.
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Canidae
Subfamily:Caninae
Tribe:Vulpini
Genus:Vulpes
Frisch, 1775
Type species
Vulpes vulpes[1]
Linnaeus, 1758
Species
 
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Vulpes
Various true foxes: red fox, Rüppell's fox, corsac fox, Bengal fox, arctic fox, Blanford's fox, cape fox and fennec fox.
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Canidae
Subfamily:Caninae
Tribe:Vulpini
Genus:Vulpes
Frisch, 1775
Type species
Vulpes vulpes[1]
Linnaeus, 1758
Species

Vulpes is a genus of the Canidae family. Its members are referred to as 'true foxes', although the common names of species in other genera include the word 'fox'. True foxes are distinguished from members of the genus Canis, such as dogs, wolves, coyotes, and jackals, by their smaller size and flatter skulls. They have black, triangular markings between the eyes and nose, and the tips of their tails are often a different colour from the rest of their pelts.[2]

Extant Species[edit source | edit]

The arctic fox is sometimes included in this genus as Vulpes lagopus based on the definitive mammal taxonomy list, as well as genetic evidence.[1][3]

Red fox in Sussex

Fossil species[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ a b Wozencraft, W. C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 532–628. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ Macdonald, David (1984). The Encyclopedia of Mammals. New York: Facts on File. p. 31. ISBN 0-87196-871-1. 
  3. ^ Bininda-Emonds, ORP; JL Gittleman, A Purvis (1999). "Building large trees by combining phylogenetic information: a complete phylogeny of the extant Carnivora (Mammalia)" (PDF). Biol. Rev. 74 (2): 143–175. doi:10.1017/S0006323199005307. PMID 10396181. Retrieved 2008-07-30. [dead link]