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Red fox
Red fox
( Vulpes
vulpes) lying in snow

Scientific classification













Groups included

Some Canini species: † Dusicyon
cultridens Cerdocyon Cerdocyon
thous Lycalopex Lycalopex
culpaeus Lycalopex
fulvipes Lycalopex
griseus Lycalopex
gymnocercus Lycalopex
sechurae Lycalopex
vetulus All Vulpini
species Vulpes Vulpes
lagopus Vulpes
vulpes Vulpes
velox Vulpes
macrotis Vulpes
corsac Vulpes
chama Vulpes
pallida Vulpes
bengalensis Vulpes
ferrilata Vulpes
cana Vulpes
rueppelli Vulpes
zerda Urocyon Urocyon
cinereoargenteus Urocyon
littoralis Urocyon
sp. Otocyon Otocyon

Cladistically included but traditionally excluded taxa

All other species in Canini

Foxes are small-to-medium-sized, omnivorous mammals belonging to several genera of the family Canidae. Foxes have a flattened skull, upright triangular ears, a pointed, slightly upturned snout, and a long bushy tail (or brush). Twelve species belong to the monophyletic "true foxes" group of genus Vulpes. Approximately another 25 current or extinct species are always or sometimes called foxes; these foxes are either part of the paraphyletic group of the South American foxes, or of the outlying group, which consists of bat-eared fox, gray fox, and island fox.[1] Foxes live on every continent except Antarctica. By far the most common and widespread species of fox is the red fox ( Vulpes
vulpes) with about 47 recognized subspecies.[2] The global distribution of foxes, together with their widespread reputation for cunning, has contributed to their prominence in popular culture and folklore in many societies around the world. The hunting of foxes with packs of hounds, long an established pursuit in Europe, especially in the British Isles, was exported by European settlers to various parts of the New World.


1 Etymology 2 Phylogenetic relationships 3 Biology

3.1 General morphology 3.2 Pelage 3.3 Dentition 3.4 Behaviour 3.5 Sexual characteristics 3.6 Vocalization

4 Classification 5 Conservation

5.1 Island fox
Island fox
( Urocyon
littoralis) 5.2 Darwin's fox
Darwin's fox
(Pseudalopex fulvipes)

6 Relationships with humans

6.1 Fox
hunting 6.2 Domestication 6.3 Attacks on humans 6.4 Urban foxes 6.5 In culture

7 Notes 8 References 9 External links

Etymology The word fox comes from Old English, which derived from Proto-Germanic *fuhsaz.[nb 1] This in turn derives from Proto-Indo-European *puḱ-, meaning ’thick-haired; tail’.[nb 2] Male foxes are known as dogs, tods or reynards, females as vixens, and young as cubs, pups, or kits, though the latter name is not to be confused with a distinct species called kit foxes. Vixen is one of very few words in modern English that retains the Middle English
Middle English
southern dialect "v" pronunciation instead of "f" (i.e. northern English "fox" versus southern English "vox").[3] A group of foxes is referred to as a skulk, leash, or earth.[4][5]

Phylogenetic relationships Comparative illustration of skulls of a true fox (left) and gray fox (right), with differing temporal ridges and subangular lobes indicated Within the Canidae, the results of DNA
analysis shows several phylogenetic divisions:

The fox-like canids, which include the kit fox ( Vulpes
velox), red fox ( Vulpes
vulpes), Cape fox
Cape fox
( Vulpes
chama), Arctic fox
Arctic fox
( Vulpes
lagopus), and fennec fox ( Vulpes
zerda).[6] The wolf-like canids, (genus Canis, Cuon and Lycaon) including the dog ( Canis
lupus familiaris), gray wolf ( Canis
lupus), red wolf (Canis rufus), eastern wolf ( Canis
lycaon), coyote ( Canis
latrans), golden jackal ( Canis
aureus), Ethiopian wolf
Ethiopian wolf
( Canis
simensis), black-backed jackal ( Canis
mesomelas), side-striped jackal ( Canis
adustus), dhole (Cuon alpinus), and African wild dog
African wild dog
(Lycaon pictus).[6] The South American canids, including the bush dog (Speothos venaticus), hoary fox ( Lycalopex
uetulus), crab-eating fox (Cerdocyon thous) and maned wolf.[6] Various monotypic taxa, including the bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis), gray fox ( Urocyon
cinereoargenteus), and raccoon dog ( Nyctereutes
procyonoides).[6] Biology Fox
skeleton General morphology Foxes are generally smaller than some other members of the family Canidae
such as wolves and jackals, while they may be larger than some within the family, such as Raccoon
dogs. In the largest species, the red fox, males weigh on average between 4.1 and 8.7 kg (9.0 and 19.2 lb),[7] while the smallest species, the fennec fox, weighs just 0.7 to 1.6 kg (1.5 to 3.5 lb).[8] Fox-like features typically include a triangular face, pointed ears, an elongated rostrum, and a bushy tail. Foxes are digitigrade, and thus, walk on their toes. Unlike most members of the family Canidae, foxes have partially retractable claws.[9] Fox
vibrissae, or whiskers, are black. The whiskers on the muzzle, mystaciae vibrissae, average 100–110 mm (3.9–4.3 in) long, while the whiskers everywhere else on the head average to be shorter in length. Whiskers (carpal vibrissae) are also on the forelimbs and average 40 mm (1.6 in) long, pointing downward and backward.[2] Other physical characteristics vary according to habitat and adaptive significance.

Pelage Fox
species differ in fur color, length, and density. Coat colors range from pearly white to black and white to black flecked with white or grey on the underside. Fennec foxes (and other species of fox adapted to life in the desert, such as kit foxes), for example, have large ears and short fur to aid in keeping the body cool.[2][9] Arctic foxes, on the other hand, have tiny ears and short limbs as well as thick, insulating fur, which aid in keeping the body warm.[10] Red foxes, by contrast, have a typical auburn pelt, the tail normally ending with white marking.[11] A fox's coat color and texture may vary due to the change in seasons; fox pelts are richer and denser in the colder months and lighter in the warmer months. To get rid of the dense winter coat, foxes moult once a year around April; the process begins from the feet, up the legs, and then along the back.[9] Coat color may also change as the individual ages.[2]

Dentition A fox's dentition, like all other canids, is I 3/3, C 1/1, PM 4/4, M 3/2 = 42. (Bat-eared foxes have six extra molars, totaling in 48 teeth.) Foxes have pronounced carnassial pairs, which is characteristic of a carnivore. These pairs consist of the upper premolar and the lower first molar, and work together to shear tough material like flesh. Foxes' canines are pronounced, also characteristic of a carnivore, and are excellent in gripping prey.[12]

Behaviour Arctic fox
Arctic fox
curled up in snow In the wild, the typical lifespan of a fox is one to three years, although individuals may live up to ten years. Unlike many canids, foxes are not always pack animals. Typically, they live in small family groups, but some (Arctic foxes) are known to be solitary.[2][9] Foxes are omnivores.[13][14] The diet of foxes is largely made up of invertebrates such as insects, and small vertebrates such as reptiles and birds, and can include eggs and plants. Many species are generalist predators, but some (such as the crab-eating fox) have more specialized diets. Most species of fox consume around 1 kg (2.2 lb) of food every day. Foxes cache excess food, burying it for later consumption, usually under leaves, snow, or soil.[9][15] Foxes tend to use a pouncing technique where they crouch down to camouflage themselves in the terrain, then using their hind legs, leap up with great force to land on top of their targeted prey.[2] Using their pronounced canine teeth, foxes grip on to their prey's neck and either shake until the prey is dead, or until the animal can be disemboweled.[2] The gray fox is one of only two canine species known to regularly climb trees; the other is the raccoon dog.[16]

Sexual characteristics The male fox's scrotum is held up close to the body with the testes inside even after they descend. Like other canines, the male fox has a baculum, or penile bone.[2][17][18] The testes of red foxes are smaller than those of Arctic foxes.[19] Sperm formation in red foxes begins in August–September, with the testicles attaining their greatest weight in December–February.[20] Vixens are in heat for one to six days, making their reproductive cycle twelve months long. As with other canines, the ova are shed during estrus without the need for the stimulation of copulating. Once the egg is fertilized, the vixen enters a period of gestation that can last from 52 to 53 days. Foxes tend to have an average litter size of four to five with an 80 percent success rate in becoming pregnant.[2][21] Litter sizes can vary greatly according to species and environment – the Arctic fox, for example, can have up to eleven kits.[22] The vixen has four pairs of teats. Each teat has 8 to 20 lactiferous ducts, which connect the mammary gland to the nipple, allowing for milk to be carried to the nipple.[citation needed]

Vocalization The fox's vocal repertoire is vast:

Whine – Made shortly after birth. Occurs at a high rate when kits are hungry and when their body temperatures are low. Whining stimulates the mother to care for her young; it also has been known to stimulate the male fox into caring for his mate and kits. Yelp – Made about 19 days later. The kits' whining turns into infantile barks, yelps, which occur heavily during play. Explosive call – At the age of about one month, the kits can emit an explosive call which is intended to be threatening to intruders or other cubs; a high pitch howl. Combative call – In adults, the explosive call becomes an open-mouthed combative call during any conflict; a sharper bark. Growl – An adult fox's indication to their kits to feed or head to the adult's location. Bark – Adult foxes warn against intruders and in defense by barking.[2][23] In the case of domesticated foxes, the whining seems to remain in adult individuals as a sign of excitement and submission in the presence of their owners.[2]

Classification Canids commonly known as foxes include the following genera and species:[2]

Genus Species Picture

Canis Ethiopian wolf, sometimes called the Simien fox or Simien jackal Ethiopian wolf, native to the Ethiopian highlands

Cerdocyon Crab-eating fox Crab-eating fox, a South American species

† Dusicyon extinct genus, including the Falkland Islands wolf, sometimes known as the Falklands Islands fox Falkland Islands wolf
Falkland Islands wolf
Illustration by John Gerrard Keulemans (1842–1912)


or Andean fox Darwin's fox South American gray fox Pampas fox Sechuran fox Hoary fox

A South American gray fox
South American gray fox
in Pan de Azúcar National Park
Pan de Azúcar National Park
along the Pacific coast of the Atacama Desert

Otocyon Bat-eared fox Bat-eared fox
Bat-eared fox
in Kenya


Gray fox Island fox Cozumel fox
Cozumel fox

Island fox
Island fox
( Urocyon
littoralis), in the Channel Islands of California, US


Arctic fox Bengal fox Blanford's fox Cape fox Corsac fox Fennec fox Kit fox Pale fox Rüppell's fox Red fox Swift fox Tibetan sand fox

The fennec fox is the smallest species of fox

Red fox Conservation The island fox is a near-threatened species. Several fox species are endangered in their native environments. Pressures placed on foxes include habitat loss and being hunted for pelts, other trade, or control.[24] Due in part to their opportunistic hunting style and industriousness, foxes are commonly resented as nuisance animals.[25] On the other hand, foxes, while often considered pests themselves, have been successfully employed to control pests on fruit farms while leaving the fruit intact.[26]

Island fox
Island fox
( Urocyon
littoralis) The island fox, though considered a near-threatened species throughout the world, is becoming increasingly endangered in its endemic environment of the California Channel Islands.[27] A population on an island is smaller than those on the mainland because of limited resources like space, food and shelter.[28] Island populations, therefore, are highly susceptible to external threats ranging from introduced predatory species and humans to extreme weather.[28] On the California Channel Islands, it was found that the population of the island fox was so low due to an outbreak of canine distemper virus from 1999 to 2000[29] as well as predation by non-native golden eagles.[30] Since 1993, the eagles have caused the population to decline by as much as 95%.[29] Because of the low number of foxes, the population went through an Allee effect; this is where at low enough densities, an individual's fitness decreases.[27] Conservationists, therefore, had to take healthy breeding pairs out of the wild population to breed them in captivity until they had enough foxes to release back into the wild.[29] Nonnative grazers were also removed so that native plants would be able to grow back to their natural height, thereby providing adequate cover and protection for the foxes against golden eagles.[30]

Darwin's fox
Darwin's fox
(Pseudalopex fulvipes) Darwin's fox
Darwin's fox
is considered critically endangered because of their small known population of 250 mature individuals as well as their restricted distribution.[31] On the Chilean mainland, the population is limited to Nahuelbuta National Park and the surrounding Valdivian rainforest.[31] Similarly on Chiloé Island, their population is limited to the forests that extend from the southernmost to the northwestern most part of the island.[31] Though the Nahuelbuta National Park is protected, 90% of the species live on Chiloé Island.[32] A major problem the species faces, therefore, is their dwindling, limited habitat due to the cutting and burning of the unprotected forests.[31] Because of deforestation, the Darwin's fox
Darwin's fox
habitat is shrinking, allowing for their competitor's (chilla fox) preferred habitat of open space, to increase; the Darwin's fox, subsequently, is being outcompeted.[33] Another problem they face is their inability to fight off diseases transmitted by the increasing number of pet dogs.[31] To conserve these animals, researchers suggest the need for the forests that link the Nahuelbuta National Park to the coast of Chile
and in turn Chiloé Island
Chiloé Island
and its forests, to be protected.[33] They also suggest that other forests around Chile
be examined to determine whether Darwin's foxes have previously existed there or can live there in the future, should the need to reintroduce the species to those areas arise.[33] And finally, the researchers advise for the creation of a captive breeding program, in Chile, because of the limited number of mature individuals in the wild.[33]

Relationships with humans A red fox on the porch of a house. Foxes are often considered pests or nuisance creatures for their opportunistic attacks on poultry and other small livestock. Fox attacks on humans are not common.[34] Many foxes adapt well to human environments, with several species classified as "resident urban carnivores" for their ability to sustain populations entirely within urban boundaries.[35] Foxes in urban areas can live longer and can have smaller litter sizes than foxes in non-urban areas.[35] Urban foxes are ubiquitous in Europe, where they show altered behaviors compared to non-urban foxes, including increased population density, smaller territory, and pack foraging.[36] Foxes have been introduced in numerous locations, with varying effects on indigenous flora and fauna.[37] In some countries, foxes are major predators of rabbits and hens. Population oscillations of these two species were the first nonlinear oscillation studied, and led to the now-famous Lotka-Volterra equation.[38][39]

hunting Main article: Fox
hunting Fox hunting
Fox hunting
originated in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
in the 16th century. Hunting with dogs is now banned in the United Kingdom,[40][41][42][43] though hunting without dogs is still permitted. Red foxes were introduced into Australia in the early 19th century for sport, and have since become widespread through much of the country. They have caused population decline among many native species and prey on livestock, especially new lambs.[44] Fox hunting
Fox hunting
is practiced as recreation in several other countries including Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia
and the United States.

Domestication A tame fox in Talysarn, Wales See also: Domesticated red fox
Domesticated red fox
and Red fox
Red fox
§ Taming and domestication There are many records of domesticated red foxes and others, but rarely of sustained domestication. A recent and notable exception is the Russian silver fox,[45] which resulted in visible and behavioral changes, and is a case study of an animal population modeling according to human domestication needs. The current group of domesticated silver foxes are the result of nearly fifty years of experiments in the Soviet Union and Russia
to domesticate the silver morph of the red fox. This selective breeding resulted in physical and behavioral traits appearing that are frequently seen in domestic cats, dogs, and other animals, such as pigmentation changes, floppy ears, and curly tails.[46] Notably, the new foxes became more tame, allowing themselves to be petted, whimpering to get attention and sniffing and licking their caretakers.[47]

Attacks on humans Main article: Animal
attacks In the United Kingdom, a number of cases of non-fatal attacks on humans were reported. They often involved children, or if there were gaps in homes through which foxes could pass.[48]

Urban foxes See also: Red fox
Red fox
§ Urban foxes Foxes are among the comparatively few mammals which have been able to adapt themselves to a certain degree to living in urban (mostly suburban) human environments. Their omnivorous diet allows them to survive on discarded food waste, and their skittish and often nocturnal nature means that they are often able to avoid detection, despite their larger size. Urban foxes, however, have been identified as threats to cats and small dogs, and for this reason there is often pressure to exclude them from these environments.[49] The San Joaquin kit fox
San Joaquin kit fox
is a highly endangered species that has, ironically, become adapted to urban living in the San Joaquin Valley and Salinas Valley
Salinas Valley
of southern California. Its diet includes mice, ground squirrels, rabbits, hares, bird eggs, and insects, and it has claimed habitats in open areas, golf courses, drainage basins, and school grounds.[49]

In culture Main article: Foxes in popular culture The fox appears in many cultures, usually in folklore. However, there are slight variations in their depictions in folklore. In Western folklore and also in Persian folklore, foxes are depicted as a symbol of cunning and trickery – a reputation derived especially from their reputed ability to evade hunters. This is usually represented as a character possessing these traits. These traits are used on a wide variety of characters, either making them a nuisance to the story, a misunderstood hero, or a devious villain. In Asian folklore, foxes are depicted as a familiar spirit possessed of magic powers. Similar to Western folklore, foxes are depicted as mischievous, usually tricking other people, with the ability to disguise as an attractive female human. However, there are other depictions of foxes as a mystical, sacred creature, that can either bring wonder or ruin.[50] Nine-tailed foxes appear in Chinese folklore, literature, and mythology, in which, depending on the tale can be a good or a bad omen.[51] The motif was eventually introduced from Chinese to Japanese and Korean cultures.[52] The constellation Vulpecula
represents a fox.[53]


^ Cf. West Frisian foks, Dutch vos, and German Fuchs.

^ Cf. Hindi
pū̃ch ‘tail’, Tocharian B
Tocharian B
päkā ‘tail; chowrie’, and Lithuanian paustìs ‘fur’. The bushy tail also forms the basis for the fox's Welsh name, llwynog, literally meaning ‘bushy’, from llwyn meaning ‘bush’. Likewise, Portuguese: raposa from rabo ‘tail’, Lithuanian uodẽgis from uodegà ‘tail’, and Ojibwa waagosh from waa, which refers to the up and down "bounce" or flickering of an animal or its tail.


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species Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Infraclass: Eutheria Superorder: Laurasiatheria Suborder FeliformiaNandiniidaeNandinia African palm civet
African palm civet
(N. binotata) .nobold font-weight:normal (Mongooses)Atilax Marsh mongoose
Marsh mongoose
(A. paludinosus) Bdeogale Bushy-tailed mongoose
Bushy-tailed mongoose
(B. crassicauda) Jackson's mongoose
Jackson's mongoose
(B. jacksoni) Black-footed mongoose
Black-footed mongoose
(B. nigripes) Crossarchus Alexander's kusimanse
Alexander's kusimanse
(C. alexandri) Angolan kusimanse
Angolan kusimanse
(C. ansorgei) Common kusimanse
Common kusimanse
(C. obscurus) Flat-headed kusimanse
Flat-headed kusimanse
(C. platycephalus) Cynictis Yellow mongoose
Yellow mongoose
(C. penicillata) Dologale Pousargues's mongoose
Pousargues's mongoose
(D. dybowskii) Galerella Angolan slender mongoose
Angolan slender mongoose
(G. flavescens) Black mongoose
Black mongoose
(G. nigrata) Somalian slender mongoose
Somalian slender mongoose
(G. ochracea) Cape gray mongoose
Cape gray mongoose
(G. pulverulenta) Slender mongoose
Slender mongoose
(G. sanguinea) Helogale Ethiopian dwarf mongoose
Ethiopian dwarf mongoose
(H. hirtula) Common dwarf mongoose
Common dwarf mongoose
(H. parvula) Herpestes Short-tailed mongoose
Short-tailed mongoose
(H. brachyurus) Indian gray mongoose
Indian gray mongoose
(H. edwardsii) Indian brown mongoose
Indian brown mongoose
(H. fuscus) Egyptian mongoose
Egyptian mongoose
(H. ichneumon) Small Asian mongoose
Small Asian mongoose
(H. javanicus) Long-nosed mongoose
Long-nosed mongoose
(H. naso) Collared mongoose
Collared mongoose
(H. semitorquatus) Ruddy mongoose
Ruddy mongoose
(H. smithii) Crab-eating mongoose
Crab-eating mongoose
(H. urva) Stripe-necked mongoose
Stripe-necked mongoose
(H. vitticollis) Ichneumia White-tailed mongoose
White-tailed mongoose
(I. albicauda) Liberiictus Liberian mongoose
Liberian mongoose
(L. kuhni) Mungos Gambian mongoose
Gambian mongoose
(M. gambianus) Banded mongoose
Banded mongoose
(M. mungo) Paracynictis Selous' mongoose
Selous' mongoose
(P. selousi) Rhynchogale Meller's mongoose
Meller's mongoose
(R. melleri) Suricata Meerkat
(S. suricatta) Hyaenidae(Hyenas)Crocuta Spotted hyena
Spotted hyena
(C. crocuta) Hyaena Brown hyena
Brown hyena
(H. brunnea) Striped hyena
Striped hyena
(H. hyaena) Proteles Aardwolf
(P. cristatus) FelidaeLarge family listed belowViverridaeLarge family listed belowEupleridaeSmall family listed belowFamily FelidaeFelinaeAcinonyx Cheetah
(A. jubatus) Caracal Caracal
(C. caracal) African golden cat
African golden cat
(C. aurata) Catopuma Bay cat
Bay cat
(C. badia) Asian golden cat
Asian golden cat
(C. temminckii) Felis European wildcat
European wildcat
(F. silvestris) African wildcat
African wildcat
(F. lybica) Jungle cat
Jungle cat
(F. chaus) Black-footed cat
Black-footed cat
(F. nigripes) Sand cat
Sand cat
(F. margarita) Chinese mountain cat
Chinese mountain cat
(F. bieti) Domestic cat (F. catus) Leopardus Ocelot
(L. pardalis) Margay
(L. wiedii) Pampas cat
Pampas cat
(L. colocola) Geoffroy's cat
Geoffroy's cat
(L. geoffroyi) Kodkod
(L. guigna) Andean mountain cat
Andean mountain cat
(L. jacobita) Oncilla
(L. tigrinus) Southern tigrina
Southern tigrina
(L. guttulus) Leptailurus Serval
(L. serval) Lynx Canadian lynx (L. canadensis) Eurasian lynx
Eurasian lynx
(L. lynx) Iberian lynx
Iberian lynx
(L. pardinus) Bobcat
(L. rufus) Otocolobus Pallas's cat
Pallas's cat
(O. manul) Pardofelis Marbled cat
Marbled cat
(P. marmorata) Prionailurus Fishing cat
Fishing cat
(P. viverrinus) Leopard cat
Leopard cat
(P. bengalensis) Sundaland leopard cat (P. javanensis) Flat-headed cat
Flat-headed cat
(P. planiceps) Rusty-spotted cat
Rusty-spotted cat
(P. rubiginosus) Puma Cougar
(P. concolor) Herpailurus Jaguarundi
(H. yagouaroundi) PantherinaePanthera Lion
(P. leo) Jaguar
(P. onca) Leopard
(P. pardus) Tiger
(P. tigris) Snow leopard
Snow leopard
(P. uncia) Neofelis Clouded leopard
Clouded leopard
(N. nebulosa) Sunda clouded leopard
Sunda clouded leopard
(N. diardi) Family ViverridaeParadoxurinaeArctictis Binturong
(A. binturong) Arctogalidia Small-toothed palm civet
Small-toothed palm civet
(A. trivirgata) Macrogalidia Sulawesi palm civet
Sulawesi palm civet
(M. musschenbroekii) Paguma Masked palm civet
Masked palm civet
(P. larvata) Paradoxurus Golden wet-zone palm civet (P. aureus) Asian palm civet
Asian palm civet
(P. hermaphroditus) Jerdon's palm civet (P. jerdoni) Golden palm civet
Golden palm civet
(P. zeylonensis) HemigalinaeChrotogale Owston's palm civet
Owston's palm civet
(C. owstoni) Cynogale Otter civet
Otter civet
(C. bennettii) Diplogale Hose's palm civet
Hose's palm civet
(D. hosei) Hemigalus Banded palm civet
Banded palm civet
(H. derbyanus) Prionodontinae(Asiatic linsangs)Prionodon Banded linsang
Banded linsang
(P. linsang) Spotted linsang
Spotted linsang
(P. pardicolor) ViverrinaeCivettictis African civet
African civet
(C. civetta) Genetta(Genets) Abyssinian genet
Abyssinian genet
(G. abyssinica) Angolan genet
Angolan genet
(G. angolensis) Bourlon's genet
Bourlon's genet
(G. bourloni) Crested servaline genet
Crested servaline genet
(G. cristata) Common genet
Common genet
(G. genetta) Johnston's genet
Johnston's genet
(G. johnstoni) Rusty-spotted genet
Rusty-spotted genet
(G. maculata) Pardine genet
Pardine genet
(G. pardina) Aquatic genet
Aquatic genet
(G. piscivora) King genet
King genet
(G. poensis) Servaline genet
Servaline genet
(G. servalina) Haussa genet
Haussa genet
(G. thierryi) Cape genet
Cape genet
(G. tigrina) Giant forest genet
Giant forest genet
(G. victoriae) Poiana Central African oyan
Central African oyan
(P. richardsonii) West African oyan
West African oyan
(P. leightoni) Viverra Malabar large-spotted civet
Malabar large-spotted civet
(V. civettina) Large-spotted civet
Large-spotted civet
(V. megaspila) Malayan civet
Malayan civet
(V. tangalunga) Large Indian civet
Large Indian civet
(V. zibetha) Viverricula Small Indian civet
Small Indian civet
(V. indica) Family EupleridaeEuplerinaeCryptoprocta Fossa (C. ferox) Eupleres Eastern falanouc
Eastern falanouc
(E. goudotii) Western falanouc (E. major) Fossa Malagasy civet
Malagasy civet
(F. fossana) GalidiinaeGalidia Ring-tailed mongoose
Ring-tailed mongoose
(G. elegans) Galidictis Broad-striped Malagasy mongoose
Broad-striped Malagasy mongoose
(G. fasciata) Grandidier's mongoose
Grandidier's mongoose
(G. grandidieri) Mungotictis Narrow-striped mongoose
Narrow-striped mongoose
(M. decemlineata) Salanoia Brown-tailed mongoose
Brown-tailed mongoose
(S. concolor) Durrell's vontsira
Durrell's vontsira
(S. durrelli) Suborder Caniformia
(cont. below)Ursidae(Bears)Ailuropoda Giant panda
Giant panda
(A. melanoleuca) Helarctos Sun bear
Sun bear
(H. malayanus) Melursus Sloth bear
Sloth bear
(M. ursinus) Tremarctos Spectacled bear
Spectacled bear
(T. ornatus) Ursus American black bear
American black bear
(U. americanus) Brown bear
Brown bear
(U. arctos) Polar bear
Polar bear
(U. maritimus) Asian black bear
Asian black bear
(U. thibetanus) Mephitidae(Skunks)Conepatus(Hog-nosedskunks) Molina's hog-nosed skunk
Molina's hog-nosed skunk
(C. chinga) Humboldt's hog-nosed skunk
Humboldt's hog-nosed skunk
(C. humboldtii) American hog-nosed skunk
American hog-nosed skunk
(C. leuconotus) Striped hog-nosed skunk
Striped hog-nosed skunk
(C. semistriatus) Mephitis Hooded skunk
Hooded skunk
(M. macroura) Striped skunk
Striped skunk
(M. mephitis) Mydaus Sunda stink badger
Sunda stink badger
(M. javanensis) Palawan stink badger
Palawan stink badger
(M. marchei) Spilogale(Spotted skunks) Southern spotted skunk
Southern spotted skunk
(S. angustifrons) Western spotted skunk
Western spotted skunk
(S. gracilis) Eastern spotted skunk
Eastern spotted skunk
(S. putorius) Pygmy spotted skunk
Pygmy spotted skunk
(S. pygmaea) Procyonidae(Raccoons, coatis, olingos)Bassaricyon(Olingos) Eastern lowland olingo
Eastern lowland olingo
(B. alleni) Northern olingo
Northern olingo
(B. gabbii) Western lowland olingo
Western lowland olingo
(B. medius) Olinguito
(B. neblina) Bassariscus Ring-tailed cat
Ring-tailed cat
(B. astutus) Cacomistle
(B. sumichrasti) Nasua(Coatis inclusive) White-nosed coati
White-nosed coati
(N. narica) South American coati
South American coati
(N. nasua) Nasuella(Coatis inclusive) Western mountain coati (N. olivacea) Eastern mountain coati (N. meridensis) Potos Kinkajou
(P. flavus) Procyon Crab-eating raccoon
Crab-eating raccoon
(P. cancrivorus) Raccoon
(P. lotor) Cozumel raccoon
Cozumel raccoon
(P. pygmaeus) AiluridaeAilurus Red panda
Red panda
(A. fulgens) Suborder Caniformia
(cont. above)Otariidae(Eared seals)(includes fur sealsand sea lions)( Pinniped
inclusive)Arctocephalus South American fur seal
South American fur seal
(A. australis) Australasian fur seal (A. forsteri) Galápagos fur seal
Galápagos fur seal
(A. galapagoensis) Antarctic fur seal
Antarctic fur seal
(A. gazella) Juan Fernández fur seal
Juan Fernández fur seal
(A. philippii) Brown fur seal
Brown fur seal
(A. pusillus) Guadalupe fur seal
Guadalupe fur seal
(A. townsendi) Subantarctic fur seal
Subantarctic fur seal
(A. tropicalis) Callorhinus Northern fur seal
Northern fur seal
(C. ursinus) Eumetopias Steller sea lion
Steller sea lion
(E. jubatus) Neophoca Australian sea lion
Australian sea lion
(N. cinerea) Otaria South American sea lion
South American sea lion
(O. flavescens) Phocarctos New Zealand sea lion
New Zealand sea lion
(P. hookeri) Zalophus California sea lion
California sea lion
(Z. californianus) Galápagos sea lion
Galápagos sea lion
(Z. wollebaeki) Odobenidae( Pinniped
inclusive)Odobenus Walrus
(O. rosmarus) Phocidae(Earless seals)( Pinniped
inclusive)Cystophora Hooded seal
Hooded seal
(C. cristata) Erignathus Bearded seal
Bearded seal
(E. barbatus) Halichoerus Grey seal
Grey seal
(H. grypus) Histriophoca Ribbon seal
Ribbon seal
(H. fasciata) Hydrurga Leopard
seal (H. leptonyx) Leptonychotes Weddell seal
Weddell seal
(L. weddellii) Lobodon Crabeater seal
Crabeater seal
(L. carcinophagus) Mirounga(Elephant seals) Northern elephant seal
Northern elephant seal
(M. angustirostris) Southern elephant seal
Southern elephant seal
(M. leonina) Monachus Mediterranean monk seal
Mediterranean monk seal
(M. monachus) Hawaiian monk seal
Hawaiian monk seal
(M. schauinslandi) Ommatophoca Ross seal
Ross seal
(O. rossi) Pagophilus Harp seal
Harp seal
(P. groenlandicus) Phoca Spotted seal
Spotted seal
(P. largha) Harbor seal
Harbor seal
(P. vitulina) Pusa Caspian seal
Caspian seal
(P. caspica) Ringed seal
Ringed seal
(P. hispida) Baikal seal
Baikal seal
(P. sibirica) CanidaeLarge family listed belowMustelidaeLarge family listed belowFamily Canidae
(includes dogs)Atelocynus Short-eared dog
Short-eared dog
(A. microtis) Canis Side-striped jackal
Side-striped jackal
(C. adustus) African golden wolf
African golden wolf
(C. anthus) Golden jackal
Golden jackal
(C. aureus) Coyote
(C. latrans) Gray wolf
Gray wolf
(C. lupus) Black-backed jackal
Black-backed jackal
(C. mesomelas) Red wolf
Red wolf
(C. rufus) Ethiopian wolf
Ethiopian wolf
(C. simensis) Cerdocyon Crab-eating fox
Crab-eating fox
(C. thous) Chrysocyon Maned wolf
Maned wolf
(C. brachyurus) Cuon Dhole
(C. alpinus) Lycalopex Culpeo
(L. culpaeus) Darwin's fox
Darwin's fox
(L. fulvipes) South American gray fox
South American gray fox
(L. griseus) Pampas fox
Pampas fox
(L. gymnocercus) Sechuran fox
Sechuran fox
(L. sechurae) Hoary fox
Hoary fox
(L. vetulus) Lycaon African wild dog
African wild dog
(L. pictus) Nyctereutes Raccoon dog
Raccoon dog
(N. procyonoides) Otocyon Bat-eared fox
Bat-eared fox
(O. megalotis) Speothos Bush dog
Bush dog
(S. venaticus) Urocyon Gray fox
Gray fox
(U. cinereoargenteus) Island fox
Island fox
(U. littoralis) Vulpes
(Foxes) Bengal fox
Bengal fox
(V. bengalensis) Blanford's fox
Blanford's fox
(V. cana) Cape fox
Cape fox
(V. chama) Corsac fox
Corsac fox
(V. corsac) Tibetan sand fox
Tibetan sand fox
(V. ferrilata) Arctic fox
Arctic fox
(V. lagopus) Kit fox
Kit fox
(V. macrotis) Pale fox
Pale fox
(V. pallida) Rüppell's fox
Rüppell's fox
(V. rueppelli) Swift fox
Swift fox
(V. velox) Red fox
Red fox
(V. vulpes) Fennec fox
Fennec fox
(V. zerda) Family MustelidaeHelictidinae(Ferret-badgers)Melogale Bornean ferret-badger
Bornean ferret-badger
(M. everetti) Chinese ferret-badger
Chinese ferret-badger
(M. moschata) Javan ferret-badger
Javan ferret-badger
(M. orientalis) Burmese ferret-badger
Burmese ferret-badger
(M. personata) Vietnam ferret-badger
Vietnam ferret-badger
(M. cucphuongensis) Guloninae(Martins and wolverines)Eira Tayra
(E. barbara) Gulo Wolverine
(G. gulo) Martes(Martens) American marten
American marten
(M. americana) Newfoundland pine marten
Newfoundland pine marten
(M. atrata) Yellow-throated marten
Yellow-throated marten
(M. flavigula) Beech marten
Beech marten
(M. foina) Nilgiri marten
Nilgiri marten
(M. gwatkinsii) European pine marten
European pine marten
(M. martes) Japanese marten
Japanese marten
(M. melampus) Sable
(M. zibellina) Pekania Fisher (P. pennanti) Ictonychinae(African polecats and grisons)Galictis Lesser grison
Lesser grison
(G. cuja) Greater grison
Greater grison
(G. vittata) Ictonyx Saharan striped polecat
Saharan striped polecat
(I. libyca) Striped polecat
Striped polecat
(I. striatus) Lyncodon Patagonian weasel
Patagonian weasel
(L. patagonicus) Poecilogale African striped weasel
African striped weasel
(P. albinucha) Vormela Marbled polecat
Marbled polecat
(V. peregusna) Lutrinae(Otters)Aonyx African clawless otter
African clawless otter
(A. capensis) Oriental small-clawed otter
Oriental small-clawed otter
(A. cinerea) Enhydra Sea otter
Sea otter
(E. lutris) Hydrictis Spotted-necked otter
Spotted-necked otter
(H. maculicollis) Lontra North American river otter
North American river otter
(L. canadensis) Marine otter
Marine otter
(L. felina) Neotropical otter
Neotropical otter
(L. longicaudis) Southern river otter
Southern river otter
(L. provocax) Lutra Eurasian otter
Eurasian otter
(L. lutra) Hairy-nosed otter
Hairy-nosed otter
(L. sumatrana) Lutrogale Smooth-coated otter
Smooth-coated otter
(L. perspicillata) Pteronura Giant otter
Giant otter
(P. brasiliensis) Melinae(Eurasian badgers)Arctonyx Hog badger
Hog badger
(A. collaris) Meles Japanese badger
Japanese badger
(M. anakuma) Asian badger
Asian badger
(M. leucurus) European badger
European badger
(M. meles) MellivorinaeMellivora Honey badger
Honey badger
(M. capensis) Mustelinae(Weasels and minks)Mustela(Weasels and ferrets) Amazon weasel
Amazon weasel
(M. africana) Mountain weasel
Mountain weasel
(M. altaica) Stoat
(M. erminea) Steppe polecat
Steppe polecat
(M. eversmannii) Colombian weasel
Colombian weasel
(M. felipei) Long-tailed weasel
Long-tailed weasel
(M. frenata) Japanese weasel
Japanese weasel
(M. itatsi) Yellow-bellied weasel
Yellow-bellied weasel
(M. kathiah) European mink
European mink
(M. lutreola) Indonesian mountain weasel
Indonesian mountain weasel
(M. lutreolina) Black-footed ferret
Black-footed ferret
(M. nigripes) Least weasel
Least weasel
(M. nivalis) Malayan weasel
Malayan weasel
(M. nudipes) European polecat
European polecat
(M. putorius) Siberian weasel
Siberian weasel
(M. sibirica) Back-striped weasel
Back-striped weasel
(M. strigidorsa) Egyptian weasel
Egyptian weasel
(M. subpalmata) Neovison American mink
American mink
(N. vison) TaxidiinaeTaxidea American badger
American badger
(T. taxus)

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