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Bengal Fox
Conservation status: Least concern
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Vulpes
Species: V. bengalensis
Binomial name
Vulpes bengalensis
(Shaw, 1800)

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The conservation status of a species is an indicator of the likelihood of that species continuing to survive. ... Scientific classification or biological classification is how biologists group and categorize extinct and living species of organisms (as opposed to folk taxonomy). ... Phyla Animals are a major group of organisms, classified as the kingdom Animalia or Meta­zoa. ... Typical Classes Subphylum Urochordata - Tunicatas Ascidiacea Thaliacea Larvacea Subphylum Cephalochordata - Lancelets Subphylum Myxini - Hagfishes Subphylum Vertebrata - Vertebrates Petromyzontida - Lampreys Placodermi (extinct) Chondrichthyes - Cartilaginous fishes Acanthodii (extinct) Actinopterygii - Ray-finned fishes Actinistia - Coelacanths Dipnoi - Lungfishes Amphibia - Amphibians Reptilia - Reptiles Aves - Birds Mammalia - Mammals Chordates (phylum Chordata) include the vertebrates, together with... Orders The mammals are the class of vertebrate animals characterized by the presence of mammary glands, which in females produce milk for the nourishment of young; the presence of hair or fur; and endothermic or warm-blooded bodies. ... Families Ailuridae Amphicyonidae† Canidae Felidae Herpestidae Hyaenidae Mephitidae Miacidae† Mustelidae Nandiniidae Nimravidae† Odobenidae Otariidae Phocidae Procyonidae Ursidae Viverravidae† Viverridae The diverse order Carnivora pronounced: (from Latin caro flesh, + vorare to devour) includes over 260 placental mammals. ... Genera Alopex Atelocynus Canis Cerdocyon Chrysocyon Cuon Dusicyon Fennecus Lycalopex Lycaon Nyctereutes Otocyon Pseudalopex Speothos Urocyon Vulpes Canidae is the family of carnivorous and omnivorous mammals commonly known as canines. ... Species Vulpes bengalensis Vulpes cana Vulpes chama Vulpes corsac Vulpes ferrilata Vulpes macrotis Vulpes pallida Vulpes rueppellii Vulpes velox Vulpes vulpes Vulpes zerda Vulpes is a genus of the Canidae family. ... In biology, binomial nomenclature is the formal method of naming species. ... George Kearsley Shaw. ... 1800 (MDCCC) was an common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


Range and Habitat

The Indian fox (Vulpes bengalensis) is a fox endemic to the Indian subcontinent and is found from the Himalayan foothills and Terai of Nepal through southern India and from southern and eastern Pakistan to eastern India and southeastern Bangladesh A Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) A fox is a member of any of 27 species of small omnivorous canids. ...


Appearance

Vulpes bengalensis is a relatively small fox with an elongated muzzle, long pointed ears, and a bushy tail ca. 50 to 60% length of head and body. Dorsal pelage is grayish and paler ventrally; legs tend to be brownish or rufous. Tail is bushy with prominent black tip. Back of ears are dark brown with black margin. Rhinarium is naked and lips are black, with small black hair patches on upper part of muzzle in front of eyes. Extensive variation in coat color may occur between populations and seasonally within populations, but generally varies from grey to pale brown.


Shoulder Height: ?


Head and Body Length: 18-24 in (45-60 cm)


Tail Length: 10-14 in. (25-35 cm)


Weight: 5-9 lb. (2-4 kg)


Diet

The Bengal fox feeds on rodents, reptiles, crabs, termites, insects, small birds, and fruits. Families Many, see text The order Rodentia is the most numerous of all the branches on the mammal family tree. ... Orders  Crocodilia - Crocodilians scary crocodiles. ... Phthirus pubis Pubic lice (Phthirus pubis), also known as crabs , are one of the many varieties of lice (singular louse) specialized to live on different areas of different animals. ... Families Mastotermitidae Kalotermitidae Termopsidae Hodotermitidae Rhinotermitidae Serritermitidae Termitidae Reference: Earthlife as of 2002-07-26 A termite (also known as a white ant) is any member of the order Isoptera, a group of social insects that eat wood and other cellulose-rich vegetable matter. ... For other meanings of bird, see bird (disambiguation). ...


Reproduction and Living

Although the Bengal fox lives in pairs, it hunts alone. It undergoes a gestation period of 53 days; after, four kits are born in a den. The Gestation period in a viviparous animal refers to the length of its pregnancy. ...


Threats

Hunting for its skin and flesh as well as conversion of its grassland habitat have affected its population density. In addition, its body parts are used in traditional medicine, and in some areas it is eaten. A hunter on horseback shoots at deer or elk with a bow. ... The term traditional medicine is used with two main meanings. ...


References

  • Johnsingh & Jhala (2004). Vulpes bengalensis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Downloaded on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

Lioncrusher's Domain -- Bengal Fox The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (also known as the IUCN Red List and Red Data List), created in 1963, is the worlds most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species. ... The World Conservation Union or International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) is an international organization dedicated to natural resource conservation. ...


-- IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group: Bengal Fox


-- BBC - Science & Nature - Wildfacts - Indian fox, Bengal fox


  Results from FactBites:
 
Bengal Fox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (284 words)
The Indian fox (Vulpes bengalensis) is a fox endemic to the Indian subcontinent and is found from the Himalayan foothills and Terai of Nepal through southern India and from southern and eastern Pakistan to eastern India and southeastern Bangladesh
Vulpes bengalensis is a relatively small fox with an elongated muzzle, long pointed ears, and a bushy tail ca.
The Bengal fox feeds on rodents, reptiles, crabs, termites, insects, small birds, and fruits.
Foxes (582 words)
Foxes are various members of the dog family (Canidae) resembling small to medium-sized, bushy-tailed dogs with long fur, pointed ears, relatively short legs, and narrow snouts.
Red foxes, with their coats of long guard hairs and soft, fine underfur, are typically a rich reddish brown with white-tipped tail and fl ears and legs.
Red foxes mate in winter; after a gestation period of about 51 days, the female (vixen) gives birth to 1-10 cubs (pups) in a den, which is commonly a burrow abandoned by another animal and enlarged by the parent foxes.
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