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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Lycalopex
L. culpaeus
Binomial name
Lycalopex culpaeus
(Molina, 1782)
Culpeo range

The culpeo (Lycalopex culpaeus), is a type of South American fox. It is the second-largest native canid in South America. It has grey and reddish fur, a white chin, reddish legs and a stripe on its back.[2]

The culpeo eats rodents, rabbits, birds and lizards. It also eats a little bit of plants and carrion. The culpeo attack sheep sometimes and is therefore hunted or poisoned. In some places, the culpeo is rare, but overall the species is not threatened with extinction.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Jiménez, J. E.; Lucherini, M. & Novaro, A. J. (2008). "Pseudalopex culpaeus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  2. Jiménez, J. E.; Lucherini, M. & Novaro, A. J. (2008). "Pseudalopex culpaeus".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. Macdonald, David Whyte; Claudio Sillero-Zubiri (2004). The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids. ISBN 978-0-19-851555-5.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)