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South American fox

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Carnivora
Subfamily  Caninae
Higher classification  Caninae
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Canidae
Scientific name  Pseudalopex
Rank  Genus
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Lower classifications  Culpeo, South American gray fox, Pampas fox, Darwin's fox, Hoary fox

South american foxes

The South American foxes (Lycalopex), commonly called raposas in Portuguese, or zorros in Spanish, are a genus of the Canidae family from South America. Despite their name, they are not true foxes, but are a unique canid genus, which some somewhat resemble foxes and are named after them. The South American gray fox, Lycalopex griseus, is the most common species, and is known for its large ears and a highly marketable, russet-fringed pelt.


South American fox The South American gray fox Lycalopex griseus also known as the

The oldest known fossils belonging to the genus were discovered in Chile, and date from 2.0 to 2.5 million years ago, in the mid- to late Pliocene.

South American fox South American grey fox photo Pseudalopex griseus G64904 ARKive


South American fox South American grey fox photo Pseudalopex griseus G65177 ARKive

The common English words "zorro" and "raposa" are loan words from Spanish and Portuguese, respectively, with both words originally meaning "fox". Current usage lists Pseudalopex (literally: "false fox") as synonymous with Lycalopex ("wolf fox"), with the latter taking precedence. The IUCN, for instance, retains the use of Pseudalopex while also acknowledging Lycalopex as a legitimate alternative.


Species currently included in this genus include:

South American fox South American grey fox photo Pseudalopex griseus G65830 ARKive
  • Culpeo or Andean fox, Lycalopex culpaeus
  • Darwin's fox, Lycalopex fulvipes
  • South American gray fox, Lycalopex griseus
  • Pampas fox, Lycalopex gymnocercus
  • Sechuran fox, Lycalopex sechurae
  • Hoary fox, Lycalopex vetulus

  • South American fox South American fox Wikipedia

    In 1914, Oldfield Thomas established the genus Dusicyon, in which he included these zorros. They were later reclassified to Lycalopex (via Pseudalopex) by Langguth in 1975.

    Relationship with humans

    The zorros are hunted in Argentina for their durable, soft pelts. They are also often labelled 'lamb-killers'.


    South American fox Wikipedia

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