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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Berta, Primary Diet omnivore Animal Foods birds mammals amphibians reptiles Plant Foods gymnocrecus Predation Information on predation is not available. Fleshy fruits were slightly more diverse in the diet during the wet season, when more plant species have ripe fruits. Chemical studies of fruits of congeneric gymnocercud, such as Z. Retrieved 11 May It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Molina’s hog-nosed skunk C. Ailurus Red panda A. Seasonal use of food. Pampas foxes have a relatively lyfalopex lifestyle, except during the breeding season and when caring for their young. It is likely that Pampas foxes occasionally scavenge on carrion Crespobecause it is unlikely that Pampas foxes would be able to kill a goat or sheep. Our objectives were to describe and quantify the seasonal composition of the diet lycalipex Pampas foxes, and to compare our results with those reported for other biomes in Argentina and Brazil.

Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Small family listed below. Seasonal composition of fruit species in the diet of Pampas foxes Lycalopex gymnocercus in the Chaco dry woodland of Salta, Argentina. The reliability of fecal analysis as a method for determining the diet of insectivorous mammals.


Pampas foxes are more omnivorous than most other canids, and have a varied and opportunistic diet. It can reasonably be inferred from this that fox predation plays an important role in regulating the populations of prey animals. Prey types ingested by Pampas foxes in our study area are similar to what was found in other regions of the fox’s distribution, although several species identified here have not been previously reported as part of the diet of Pampas foxes Table 1.

Negative Sometimes these foxes kill young sheep or take domestic poultry. Bars indicate the percentage of the total frequency or total volume in which each food item occurs. Boccaceci, Economic Importance for Humans: Young are born almost black but gradually lighten as they grow. Because these foxes keep agricultural pest populations in check, they have a positive impact on agriculture.

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Lycalopex gymnocercus

Atilax Marsh mongoose A. This number is an underestimate because we were unable to identify all samples to species. European hares Lepus europaeusthe most commonly consumed prey in the Pampas Crespoalso are absent in our study area. The Lycwlopex Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students. Sugars, organic acids and phenolic compounds of Ziziphus mauritiana fruit. Usually, foxes are considered generalist omnivores that feed opportunistically on a wide variety of foods Sillero-Zubiri et al.

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.


The Pampas fox is a generalist feeder that can alter its diet to changes lycapopex food availability. Broad-striped Malagasy mongoose G. According to the energy optimization model MacArthur and Piankageneralist species increase their feeding efficiency by shifting to other food resources when fleshy fruits become scarce. These foxes were previously recognized in the genera Pseudalopex and Dusicyon.

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African palm civet N. Both parents care for the young.

Comparison and quantification of carnivore diet by faecal analysis: Positive These foxes are hunted and trapped for fur in several countries, including Uruguay, Paraguay, and Argentina. They are captured most often with leg-hold traps, but also caught using bowls, box traps, and dogs.

Family Canidae includes dogs. Bassaricyon Olingos Eastern lowland olingo B. The most abundant middle-sized trees are Ziziphus mistol RhamnaceaeProsopis elata Fabaceaeand Prosopis nigra Fabaceae. In contrast, the neighboring Campo Grande Ranch has been subjected to continued and severe overgrazing for a longer period, mostly by cattle and goats.

Fossils of this species are known from the late Pliocene to early Pleistocene of Argentina. The distribution of the Pampas fox in Argentina ranges from the province of Formosa in the north to the province of Rio Negro in the south Redford and Eisenberg Johns Hopkins University Press.

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