Lycalopex gymnocercus (Fischer, ) is a canid commonly called the Pampas fox. A sexually dimorphic fox-like carnivore of medium size. Abstract. The seasonal diet of Pampas foxes (Lycalopex gymnocercus) was examined from scat samples collected during 1 year in the dry Chaco woodland. Descriptions and articles about the Azara’s Fox, scientifically known as Lycalopex gymnocercus in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Overview; Distribution;.

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Our objectives were to describe and quantify the seasonal composition of the diet of Pampas foxes, and to compare our results with those reported for other biomes in Argentina and Brazil. Medium-sized mammals such as Dolichotis salinicola Rodentia and Sylvilagus brasiliensis Lagomorpha appeared in only 1 scat sample.

Western mountain coati N. Comparative ecology of Darwin’s fox Pseudalopex fulviceps in mainland and island settings of southern Chile. Gymnoocercus Olingos Eastern lowland olingo B. Sugars, organic acids and phenolic compounds of Ziziphus mauritiana fruit. Seasons, defined according to rainfall pattern dry and wet seasonsdetermined pulses of fruit scarcity and abundance Varela Meat from domestic animals young goats and cows was occasionally present in the scats.

Pampas fox

Relative volume is the percentage of the total volume in lycaopex each food item occurred Korschgen Given the spatial and temporal gymnocercud between sampling sites, we considered each scat as an individual foraging event. Here we report the seasonal diet of the Pampas fox throughout a 1-year study in the Chaco of Salta Province, northwestern Argentina, based on analysis of scats. However, examination of our data also shows the high dominance of fruit especially of Z.


The area is a vast plain at about m above sea level. Arthropods particularly beetles and scorpions and small mammals mainly rodents and marmosets were the most frequently consumed animal prey. The pampas fox resembles the culpeo or Andean fox in appearance and size, but has a proportionately wider snout, reddish fur on the head and neck, and a black mark on the muzzle.

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The fruits of C. Glossary Neotropical living in the southern part of the New World.

Views Read Edit View history. They also appear to play dead when approached by humans. Family Canidae includes dogs. Based on the cumulative curves of food items rarefied curves for the wet and dry seasons, which reached an asymptotic at a sample size of about scats, we inferred that the sample size was sufficient to characterize the seasonal diet of Pampas foxes in this study. Pampas foxes are more omnivorous than most other canids, and have a varied and opportunistic diet.

Five subspecies are currently recognised, although the geographic range of each is unclear, and the type localities of three of them lie outside the present-day range of the species: Diet of lyclopex maned wolf, Chrysocyon brachyurus, in central Brazil.


The Johns Hopkins University Press. Young are born almost black but gradually lighten as they grow. Pampas foxes are usually solitary, but are seen in pairs during the mating season. Accessed October 20, at http: Quaternary evolution and biogeography of the large South American Canidae.

The gymncercus pampas fox brings food to the female and her pups, who stay within the den until the pups are about three months old.

Lycalopex gymnocercus

The muzzle is black as far as the corners of the mouth, a feature that distinguishes them from the similar culpeo fox Lycalopex culpaeus. Our findings support previous studies indicating that the Pampas fox is an omnivorous and generalist feeder that can adapt its diet to changes in food availability Castillo ; Crespo ; Vieira and Port They prefer plains and fields with tall grass, sierras, and small narrow wood areas along streams and occasionally forest areas.

Eastern lowland olingo B. Sometimes these foxes kill young sheep or take domestic poultry.

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