Vulpines | Vulpini
Foxes are carnivorous mammals under the taxonomic rank Vulpini and fit into the family Canidae. They are usually very social and identified by the long-bushy tail, upright triangular ears, flattened skull, and the ability to move pretty fast. Foxes are found in every part of the world in places such as the savanna, mountains, and deserts though they are of varied sizes, color, behavior, and characteristics with the red fox being the most common. Their cunning nature gives them widespread fame in folklore and distinct cultures around the world. In addition, they are usually pursued by trained foxhounds in a tradition identified as fox hunting.
The characteristics that differentiate a Vulpini include them having a fox-like appearance and being smaller in comparison to other canids. Vulpini are also differentiated by their “fox face,” a muscular frame, strong jaws, and a bushy tail that makes up one-third of its overall body length.
Foxes are part of the Canidae family and are considered to be canines. Foxes are related to domestic dogs, coyotes, jackals, raccoons, and wolves. The main features that characterize foxes as canines instead of felines are their canine teeth, slender build, long legs, and bushy tails.
The animals that make up the Vulpini tribe include the Bat-Eared Fox, Raccoon Dogs, Fennec Fox, Kit Fox, Arctic Fox, and Blanford’s Fox. The other animals that make up the Vulpini tribe are the Cape Fox, Ruppell’s Fox, Corsac Fox, and Tibetan Sand Fox. The most common Vulpini species is the Red Fox.