Vulpes – True foxes
Vulpes aren’t wolves! Members of this genus are smaller and longer than other dogs, with a bushier tail
These medium-sized foxes are not true wolves, thus separated into a distinct group of true foxes. Identify them with short limbs, long bushy tails, pointed muzzles, and pupils forming vertical fissures (like cats). Their fur coloration varies, with northern forms having soft, fluffy, and long, while others with coarse and sparse fur.
They are monomorphic (structurally and genetically identical) with variations only in size. They inhabit varied landscapes from deserts, taiga, steppes, and tundras to high mountains but avoid thick forests and industrial areas. They are found on five continents and all climatic zones. They are nocturnal in habit and prey on small animals and birds. They diffuse a fetid odor, but not as a weapon like skunks; it is for communication!
Species in this genus
Facing the consequences of global warming, they quickly lose their habitat and are pushed northward with the receding cold
A balanced diet for a healthy fox: fruits and insects!
A desert dweller with a striking appearance, known for its small size, bushy tail, and distinctive black and white facial markings
It can climb, swim, and run faster than you might expect from an animal that weighs just a few kilograms
A sly, sandy-furred survivor of Central Asian grasslands, threatened by human activity but fiercely protected by conservationists
Smallest fox in the world, measuring almost 25 cm (10 in), but has enormous ears that can grow up to 15 cm (6 in)
Small but mighty, it rules the desert with ears as big as its heart and pouncing skills that leave prey in the dust
One of the least researched canid species, partly because it lives in remote habitats
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the world’s most widely distributed carnivore!
Can be easily identified by its larger ears, making it stand out from red and pale foxes
Swift by name, swift by nature – this little fox is a real speedster!
With a gleaming golden coat and playful pounce, this fox proves that high-altitude living is no match for its wit and whimsy