Hoary foxes, Lycalopex vetulus, live in the neotropical region of the world. They are found in the Minas Gerais and the Motto Grosso regions in southwestern. Dalponte, J.C. Lycalopex vetulus (Carnivora: Canidae). Mammalian species, () doi: /; Lund, P. K. Dansk. Vid. Lycalopex vetulus (Lund, ), commonly called the hoary fox, is Brazil’s smallest canid. It has a slender body and limbs and a small skull composed of relative.

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Hoary foxes, Lycalopex vetuluslive in the neotropical region of the world. Eisenberg and Redford, ; Rylands, Hoary foxes live in tall grass steppes and in savanna lycaoopex with wooded “islands”, as well as upland mountain areas in open woodland and brushland.

Their habitat extends across the more open terrain of east-central Brazil. They live near cerrado vegetation. Hoary foxes are small, with a lyclaopex muzzle and small teeth. Their fur is grayish in color, with a pale underbody and reddish ears and legs.

There is a vtulus stripe running along the dorsal line and the tip tail. The exterior of the legs is yellow, and there is a black spot above the tail gland. The word “hoary” means having white or silvery color, which refers to the white hairs in the otherwise gray coat of these animals.

The fur is short. Hoary foxes have a small skull, with reduced carnassials lycallopex broad molars. Total lycalo;ex length is approximately 60 cm, with lyczlopex average tail length of about 32 cm. Adult body weights range from 2. A closely relatd species, L. This is comparible to values reported vetulis other foxes. Although such dimorphism has not been reported for L. This species is monogamous, as are many fox species. Breeding occurs in early fall. The gestation period is about two months, after which time the female gives birth to a litter of 2 to 4 kits.

Hoary foxes often use abandoned armadillo dens for rearing their pups. Parental care in this species is not well documented. However, as is the case with most canids, the young are likely to be altricial. They are born in the den and remain there until they are able to venture out on their own.

The mother undoubtedly provides her young with milk, grooming, and protection. Although the role of the father has not been documented for this species, in many other foxes, pups are cared for by both males and females. Because this species is monogamous, it is likely that the male plays some role in caring for the young.

Hoary foxes are usually timid, but will aggressively defend their young. They normally use armadillo burrows for dens and are usually diurnal, but are often active at night and during twilight. Behavior in related species suggests that hoary foxes are territorial.


Parents often travel with vetulux adult sized offspring, vettulus conflict over territory arises between parent and offspring during the dry season. Communication in hoary foxes is unknown, but is probably similar to other species of foxes. Hoary foxes are omnivores, but they appear to be termite specialists. Termites of the genus Syntermes are their main food source and is found in about They feed on this termite year round.

The other foods eaten by hoary foxes include rodents, fruit, grasshoppers, and dung beetles. The diet of L. Termites and small mammals make up the majority of their diet during the dry season, and other insects and fruit make up the majority during the wet season.

The unique dental structure of this species allows these animals to eat small items. Their reduced carnassials and broad molars are good for crunching up an insectivorous diet. Physical features of hoary foxes suggest adaptation to its habitat. A food niche separation mechanism between this species and other wild canids in that region has probably caused the dietary vetulux in this species to termites, as well as their small muzzel and dentition.

There is little information on predation of hoary foxes. However, it is parasitized by the vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus. It should be noted, however, that these bats do not kill the animals upon which they feed, so it isn’t a predator in the traditional sense. Hoary foxes are generalist predators. They vetulux populations of small rodents and termites. Eisenberg and Redford, Close relatives of the hoary fox are fur-bearers, and pelts of this species are likely collected as well.

In addition, these animals are sometimes found in zoos. McGlynn and Postanowicz, ; Rylands, ; Travaini, et al. Hoary foxes are hosts for many diseases, some of lyczlopex can be transmitted to domestic dogs, and some to humans. Also, hoary zorros lyxalopex suspected of killing poultry and are therefore hunted.

Hoary foxes are listed as data deficient by IUCN. Changes in agricultural practices may result in habitat loss. Deforestation and hunting are also threats to this species. Hoary foxes have many common and scientific names such as, small-toothed dog, Lycalopex vetulusPseudalopex vetulusand Dusicyon vetulus. In birds, naked and helpless after hatching. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends.

Synapomorphy of the Bilateria. Endothermy is a synapomorphy of the Mammalia, although it may have arisen in a now extinct synapsid ancestor; the fossil record does not distinguish these possibilities. Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons or periodic condition changes. This terrestrial biome includes summits of high mountains, either without vegetation or covered by low, tundra-like vegetation.

Savannas are grasslands with scattered individual trees that do not form a closed canopy. Extensive savannas are found in parts of subtropical and tropical Africa and South America, and in Australia. A grassland with scattered trees or scattered clumps of trees, a type of community intermediate between grassland and forest.

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See also Tropical savanna and grassland biome. Vegetation is made up mostly of grasses, the height and species diversity of which depend largely on the amount of moisture available. Fire and grazing are important in the long-term maintenance of grasslands. Combat of “Desmondus rotundus rotundus” E.

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While ADW staff and contributors provide references to books and websites that we believe are reputable, we cannot necessarily endorse the contents of vetulys beyond our control. Lycalopex vetulus hoary fox Facebook. Geographic Range Hoary foxes, Lycalopex vetuluslive in the neotropical region of the world. Eisenberg and Redford, ; Rylands, Biogeographic Regions neotropical native Habitat Hoary foxes live in tall grass kycalopex and in savanna interspersed with wooded “islands”, as well as upland mountain areas in open woodland and brushland.

Eisenberg and Redford, ; McGlynn and Postanowicz, ; Rylands, Habitat Regions terrestrial Terrestrial Biomes savanna or grassland forest scrub forest mountains Physical Description Lyycalopex foxes are small, with a short muzzle lycaalopex small teeth.

Breeding season These animals breed in the early fall. Range number of offspring 2 to 4 Average gestation period 60 days Parental care in this species is not well documented.

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Lycalopez Hoary foxes are usually timid, but will aggressively defend their young. Eisenberg and Redford, ; McDonald, ; McGlynn and Postanowicz, ; Nowak, ; Rylands, Behavior in related species suggests that hoary foxes are territorial.

Communication and Perception Communication in hoary foxes is unknown, but is probably similar to other species of foxes.