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Sechura Fox


The Sechuran Fox (Lycalopex sechurae), also called the Peruvian Desert Fox or the Sechuran Zorro, is a South American species of canid closely related to other South American "false" foxes or zorro, of which it is the smallest. It is found in the Sechura Desert in southwestern Ecuador and northwestern Peru.

Diet

The Sechuran Fox feeds opportunistically on seed pods, beetles, rodents, birds, and carrion.

Description

The Sechuran Fox weighs 4-5 kg with a body length of about 60 cm and a tail of nearly 25 cm. Its fur is gray agouti and red, and its tail is tipped with black. It has small teeth, adapted to feed on insects and dry plants, with fox-like canine teeth.

The chromosome number is unknown, but probably 2n=74.

Behavior

This nocturnal canid spends the daylight hours in a den dug into the ground.

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