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Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Subfamily: Caninae
Tribe: Vulpini
Genus: Vulpes
Frisch, 1775
Type species
Canis vulpes
Linnaeus, 1758
Vulpes is a genus of the Canidae family. Its members are referred to as 'true foxes', although there are species in other genera whose common names include the word 'fox'.
True foxes are distinguished from members of the Canis genus, such as wolves, coyotes, and jackals, by their smaller size and flatter skulls. They have black triangular markings between the eyes and nose, and the tip of the tail is often a different colour from the rest of the pelt.[2]


The Arctic Fox is sometimes included in this genus as Vulpes lagopus based on the definitive mammal taxonomy list, as well as genetic evidence.[1][3]. However, it is more often assigned its own genus, Alopex.
Red Fox in Sussex.

Fossil species


  1. ^ a b Wozencraft, W. C. (16 November 2005). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds). ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.  
  2. ^ Macdonald, David (1984). The Encyclopedia of Mammals. New York: Facts on File. pp. 31. ISBN 0-87196-871-1.  
  3. ^ Bininda-Emonds, ORP; JL Gittleman, A Purvis (1999). "Building large trees by combining phylogenetic information: a complete phylogeny of the extant Carnivora (Mammalia)" (PDF). Biol. Rev. 74: 143–175. doi:10.1017/S0006323199005307. Retrieved 2008-07-30.  


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also vulpes




Proper noun

Wikipedia has an article on:
  1. a taxonomic genus, within family Canidae - the foxes
Wikispecies has information on:

Derived terms

  • Vulpes bengalensis - Bengal fox
  • Vulpes cana - Blanford's fox
  • Vulpes chama - Cape fox
  • Vulpes corsac - Corsac fox
  • Vulpes ferrilata - Tibetan fox
  • Vulpes macrotis - Kit fox
  • Vulpes pallida - Pale fox
  • Vulpes ruppelli - Ruppell's fox
  • Vulpes velox - Swift fox
  • Vulpes vulpes - Red fox
  • Vulpes zerda - Fennec


Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies


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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Superordo: Laurasiatheria
Ordo: Carnivora
Subordo: Caniformia
Familia: Canidae
Genus: Vulpes
Species: V. bengalensis - V. cana - V. chama - V. corsac - V. ferrilata - V. lagopus - V. macrotis - V. pallida - V. rueppellii - V. velox - V. vulpes - V. zerda


Vulpes Frisch, 1775
Type species: Canis vulpes Linnaeus, 1758, by designation under the plenary powers (Melville and Smith, 1978).



  • Das Natur-System der Vierfüssigen Thiere: 15.
  • Vulpes on Mammal Species of the World.
    Don E. Wilson & DeeAnn M. Reeder (editors). 2005. Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed).
  • Vulpes Frisch, 1775 Report on ITIS

Vernacular names

Corsu: volpe
Diné bizaad: Maʼiiʼ łiitsohiʼ
English: Foxes
Español: Zorra
Esperanto: Vulpo
Français: Renards
한국어: 여우속
Հայերեն: Աղվեսներ
日本語: キツネ属
Português: Raposa
中文: 狐狸属
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