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Kit Fox

Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Vulpes
Species: V. macrotis
Binomial name
Vulpes macrotis
Merriam, 1888

The Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis) is a relatively common North American fox. Its range extends into northern Mexico. Some mammalogists classify it as conspecific with the Swift Fox V. velox, but molecular systematics imply that the two species are distinct. It has a generally gray coat, with rusty tones, and a black tip to its tail. Unlike the Gray Fox it has no stripe along the length of its tail. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1500x1000, 1617 KB)a kit fox around a dessert in southern utah. ... The conservation status of a species is an indicator of the likelihood of that species continuing to survive either in the present day or the future. ... Image File history File links Status_iucn3. ... Least Concern (LC) is an IUCN category assigned to species or lower taxa which do not qualify for any other category. ... Scientific classification or biological classification is a method by which biologists group and categorize species of organisms. ... Animalia redirects here. ... Typical Classes See below Chordates (phylum Chordata) are a group of animals that includes the vertebrates, together with several closely related invertebrates. ... Subclasses Allotheria* Order Multituberculata (extinct) Order Volaticotheria (extinct) Order Palaeoryctoides (extinct) Order Triconodonta (extinct) Order Docodonta (extinct) Prototheria Order Monotremata Theria Infraclass Trituberculata (extinct) Infraclass Marsupialia Infraclass Eutheria The mammals are the class of vertebrate animals characterized by the production of milk in females for the nourishment of young, from... Families 17, See classification The diverse order Carnivora (IPA: or IPA: ; from Latin carō (stem carn-) flesh, + vorāre to devour) includes over 260 placental mammals. ... Genera Alopex Atelocynus Canis Cerdocyon Chrysocyon Cuon Cynotherium † Dusicyon † Dasycyon Fennecus Lycalopex Lycaon Nyctereutes Otocyon Pseudalopex Speothos Urocyon Vulpes Wikispecies has information related to: Canidae 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 lagopus Vulpes macrotis Vulpes pallida Vulpes rueppelli 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. ... Clinton Hart Merriam (December 5, 1855-March 19, 1942) was an American zoologist and ornithologist. ... Year 1888 (MDCCCLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... This article is about the animal. ... Binomial name Vulpes velox (Say, 1823) The Swift Fox (Vulpes velox) is a small fox found in the western grasslands of North America, for example in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. ... It has been suggested that molecular phylogeny be merged into this article or section. ... Binomial name Urocyon cinereoargenteus (Schreber, 1775) Gray Fox range The Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) is a species of canid ranging from southern Canada, throughout most of the lower United States and Central America, to Venezuela. ...

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Hunting/Eating Habits

Kit Foxes are mostly nocturnal but sometimes venture out of their dens during the day. Kit Foxes usually go out to hunt shortly after sunset, mostly eating small animals like kangaroo rats, jackrabbits, insects, fish, and small birds. Families of Kit Foxes can occupy the same hunting grounds, but do not generally go hunting at the same time. Kit Foxes aren't very afraid of humans and aren't nearly as cunning as other foxes. This results in frequent trappings and poisonings. A nocturnal animal is one that sleeps during the day and is active at night - the opposite of the human (diurnal) schedule. ...


Mating

Male and female Kit Foxes establish pairs during October and November. Pairs can change year to year. They mate from December to February, when they use larger family dens. Litters are born throughout March and April, usually containing 3 to 14 young foxes.


Adaptations

Kit Foxes have an elliptical pupil. They also have night vision to see during night to catch their prey.Kit Foxes are also very fast in speed so they can get away from their predators and also catch food like Mice and Kangaroo Rats. Kit Foxes dig burrow with about 7 portals in it and about 1.5 meters deep they go inside on hot days to keep them cool from the heat of the Desert.Some of the adaptations to other organisms are its long bushy tail. It gives them balance and more speed while they are running.They also have sharp teeth to dig in the flesh of their prey or to kill easier.Their fur also camoflages with their habitat so the preadators wont be able to see them very easily and the Kit Fox will be able to run away.One adaptaion to the climate is how the Kit Foxes mate during Winter and produce their babies(pups)in early Spring so that it wouldnt be to cold or to hot for their new born babies.


Subspecies

The Kit Fox has several recognized subspecies.


The San Joaquin Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) was formerly common in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Its range has shrunk and in 1990 the population was estimated at 7,000. It is considered to be endangered. Species Vulpes bengalensis Vulpes cana Vulpes chama Vulpes corsac Vulpes ferrilata Vulpes lagopus Vulpes macrotis Vulpes pallida Vulpes rueppelli Vulpes velox Vulpes vulpes Vulpes zerda Vulpes is a genus of the Canidae family. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Official language(s) English Capital  Sacramento Largest city  Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... An endangered species is a species whose population is so small that it is in danger of becoming extinct. ...

San Joaquin kit fox
San Joaquin kit fox

The Desert Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis arsipus) lives in the Mojave Desert. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 405 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (3048 × 4512 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 405 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (3048 × 4512 pixel, file size: 1. ... Species Vulpes bengalensis Vulpes cana Vulpes chama Vulpes corsac Vulpes ferrilata Vulpes lagopus Vulpes macrotis Vulpes pallida Vulpes rueppelli Vulpes velox Vulpes vulpes Vulpes zerda Vulpes is a genus of the Canidae family. ... Looking across from Emigrant Pass towards the Kingston Range in the eastern Mojave. ...


The Southern California Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis macrotis) was a population of kit foxes native to desert regions of Southern California which became extinct in 1903. Binomial name Vulpes macrotis Merriam, 1888 The Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis) is a relatively common North American fox particularly found in western, open prairie, plains and desert regions. ... Species Vulpes bengalensis Vulpes cana Vulpes chama Vulpes corsac Vulpes ferrilata Vulpes lagopus Vulpes macrotis Vulpes pallida Vulpes rueppelli Vulpes velox Vulpes vulpes Vulpes zerda Vulpes is a genus of the Canidae family. ... Downtown Los Angeles Skyline Southern California, also colloquially referred to as SoCal, is an informal name for the megalopolis and nearby desert that occupies the southern-most quarter of the U.S. state of California. ... 1900 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ...


References

  • Sillero-Zubiri & Hoffmann (2004). Vulpes macrotis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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 and can be found here. ... The World Conservation Union or International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) is an international organization dedicated to natural resource conservation. ...

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
Vulpes macrotis
  • ARKive - images and movies of the kit fox (Vulpes macrotis)
  • San Joaquin Kit Fox

 
 

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