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Coyote (Canis latrans)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae

Canidae is the family of carnivorous and omnivorous mammals commonly known as canines. It includes dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, and jackals. These animals are all digitigrades.

A classification of dogs

Note that the subdivision of Canidae into "foxes" and "true dogs" may not be in accordance with the actual relations, and that the classification of several canines is disputed. Examples include the Domestic Dog which is listed by some authorities as Canis familiaris and others (including the Smithsonian Institution and the American Society of Mammalogists) as a subspecies of the Wolf (i.e., Canis lupus familiaris); the Red Wolf, which may or may not be a full species; and the Dingo, which is variously classified as Canis lupus dingo, Canis dingo and Canis familiaris dingo.

  • True dogs - Tribe Canini
    • Genus Canis
      • Coyote, Canis latrans
      • Wolf, Canis lupus
        • Domestic Dog, Canis lupus familiaris
        • Dingo, Canis lupus dingo
        • many other proposed subspecies
      • Red Wolf, Canis rufus
      • Ethiopian Wolf, Canis simensis (also called Abyssinian Wolf, Simien Fox and Simien Jackal)
      • Jackal
        • Golden Jackal, Canis aureus
        • Side-striped Jackal, Canis adustus
        • Black-backed jackal, Canis mesomelas
    • Genus Lycaon
    • Genus Cuon
    • Genus Nyctereutes
    • Genus Atelocynus
      • Short-eared Dog, Atelocynus microtis
    • Genus Speothos
    • Genus Chrysocyon
    • (Genus Dusicyon extinct)
    • Genus Pseudalopex
      • Culpeo, Pseudalopex culpaeus
      • Argentine Grey Fox, Pseudalopex griseus
      • Pampas Fox, Pseudalopex gymnocercus
      • Sechura Fox, Pseudalopex sechurae
      • Hoary Fox, Pseudalopex vetulus
    • Genus Cerdocyon
      • Crab-eating Fox, Cerdocyon thous
  • Foxes - Tribe Vulpini
    • Genus Vulpes
      • Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes
      • Swift Fox, Vulpes velox
      • Kit Fox, Vulpes macrotis
      • Corsac Fox, Vulpes corsac
      • Cape Fox, Vulpes chama
      • Pale Fox, Vulpes pallida
      • Bengal Fox, Vulpes bengalensis
      • Tibetan Fox, Vulpes ferrilata
      • Blandford's Fox, Vulpes cana
      • Rueppel's Fox, Vulpes rueppelli
      • Steppe Fox, Vulpes corsac
      • Fennec, Vulpes zerda (former Fennecus zerda)
    • Genus Alopex
    • Genus Otocyon
      • Bat-eared Fox, Otocyon megalotis
    • Genus Urocyon

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ADW: Canidae: Information (707 words)
Canids are widely distributed, occurring on all continents except Antarctica.
Canids are probably an early offshoot of the caniform lineage (which includes mustelids, procyonids, ursids, phocids, otariids, and odobenids).
The legs and feet of canids are moderately elongated, and their stance is digitigrade.
IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group (208 words)
The Canid Specialist Group (CSG) is the world's chief body of scientific and practical expertise on the status and conservation of all canid species.
Other are rare and even declining, while many wild canids are too common for their own good, and thus are involved in major wildlife management issues (such as disease transmission, predation on livestock, sport hunting, fur trade).
All CSG members are actively involved in canid conservation and research, and serve as honorary advisers, bring with them the experience and the knowledge gained in their professional careers.
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