Monday, 30 April 2007

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Adult Red Fox (subspecies V. v. crucigeraon Rainham Marshes, London - October 2010


OTHER NAMES: Fox, Reynard, Vixen (female only)
Local Name (Japan): Kitsune (キツネ) - "Fox"
Featured Subspecies: Vulpes vulpes crucigera
Weight: 2.2-14kg
Length: 45-90cm
UK STATUS NOT EVALUTATED IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The only wild canid still living in the UK since the grey wolf became extinct in the UK, they are one of our largest, and certainly our most adaptable remaining predators, although functionally as much of a scavenger as an active hunter. They are the largest of the true foxes and also the most widespread being found over the entire Northern Hemisphere, plus an invasive population introduced into Australia.  In Britain they are actually easier to see in cities than in the countryside - walking streets at night stands you a good chance of seeing one in several cities I have visited.  They are an animal widely associated with the folklore in various cultures - often in the role of tricksters.

Related Species:
Order: Carnivora 

Family: Canidae 
Genus: Vulpes 
SUBSPECIES: V. v. vulpes, V. v. abietorum, V. v. alascensis, V. v. alpherakyi, V. v. anatolica, V. v. arabica, V. v. atlantica, V. v. bangsi, V. v.barbara, V. v. beringiana, V. v. cascadensis, V. v. crucigera, V. v.caucasica, V. v. daurica, V. v. deletrix, V. v. dolichocrania, V. v. dorsalis, V. v. flavescens, V. v. vulpes, V. v. griffithi, V. v. harrimani, V. v. hoole, V. v. ichnusae, V. v. indutus, V. v. jakutensis, V. v. japonica, V. v. karagan, V. v. kenaiensis, V. v. kurdistanica, V. v. macroura, V. v. montana, V. v. necator, V. v. niloticus, V. v. ochroxantha, V. v. palaestina, V. v. peculiosa, V. v. pusilla, V. v.regalis, V. v. rubricosa, V. v. schrencki, V. v.silacea,V. v. splendidissima, V. v. stepensis, V. v. tobolica, V. v. tschiliensis

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A common resident.
 - Seen at sites including Rainham Marshes and Geddington.
JAPAN - A common resident.
 - TOKYO/HOKKAIDO 2014 TRIP: A single seen at Shiranuka (subspecies V. v. schrencki)

Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, ArkiveIUCN Red List

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