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Pseudalopex griseus

The South American Gray Fox (Lycalopex griseus), also known as the Patagonian Fox, the Chilla, or the Grey Zorro, is a species of zorro, the "false" foxes.

Range and habitat

The South American Gray Fox is found in the Southern Cone of South America, particularly in Argentina and Chile. Its range comprises a stripe, both sides of the Andes Mountain Range between parallels 17S (northernmost Chile) and 54S (Tierra del Fuego).

In Argentina, this species inhabits the western semiarid region of the country, from the Andean spurs (ca. 69W) to meridian 66W. South from the Rio Grande river, the distribution of the fox widens reaching the Atlantic coast. In Chile, it is present throughout the country. Its presence in Peru has been mentioned; to date, however, there has been no confirmation of it. The South American Gray Fox was introduced to the Falkland Islands in the late 1920s early 1930s and is still present in quite large numbers on Beaver and Weddell Islands plus several smaller islands.

The South American Gray Fox occurs in a variety of habitats, from the warm, arid scrublands of the Argentine Monte and the cold, arid Patagonian steppe to the forest of southernmost Chile.


The South American Gray Fox is a small South American canid, weighing 2.5–4 kg , and measuring 43–70 cm in length.


Its diet consists mainly of rodents, birds, and rabbits.


It breeds in late austral fall, around March. After a gestation period of 2 months, 2-4 kits are born in a den. Not much else is recorded about its lifestyle.


Gonzalez del Solar, R. and J. Rau (2004) Pseudalopex griseus. In C. Sillero-Zubiri, M. Hoffman and D. Macdonald (eds.) Canids: Foxes, Wolves, Jackals and Dogs. Gland, Switzerland, IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group. Pp. 5663.

IUCN (2004): Canids: Foxes, Wolves, Jackals and Dogs

External links

Funes, M. C., Novaro, A. J., Monsalvo, O. B., Pailacura, O., Sanchez Aldao, G., Pessino, M., Dosio, R., Chehebar, C., Ramilo, E., Bellati, J., Puig, S., Videla, F., Oporto, N., Gonzalez del Solar, R., Castillo, E., Garcia, E., Loekemeyer, N., Bugnest, F. and Mateazzi, G. (2006) El manejo de los zorros en la Argentina. Compatibilizando las interacciones entre la ganaderia, la caza commercial y la conservacion. In Bolkovik, M. L. and Ramadori, D. (eds.), Manejo de fauna silvestre en la Argentina. Programas de uso sustentable. Buenos Aires, Direccion de Fauna Silvestre. Chapter 12.


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