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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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.

Pampas fox

Although our study does not provide data on this aspect, it is well known that availability of fleshy fruits is relatively higher in the Chaco woodland than in the grassland habitats, where most of the fruit-producing trees and shrubs are rare or absent. Fecal samples were individually stored in numbered paper bags and labeled with date of collection and location. The secret life of possums: Small-scale spatial variability in the diet of Pampa foxes Pseudalopex gymnocercus and human-induced changes in prey base.

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We took special care not to collect more than 1 scat from the same place, which could have been from the same individual. Breeding is monogamous and occurs from July through October. Pampas foxes live about Malabar large-spotted civet V. Wilson and Reeder, However, its diet in the Chaco, which is dominated by fruit, differs from its diet in Pampas grassland habitat, where it consumes mostly lycallpex.


Vegetation is the typical semiarid woodland of the Western Chaco Cabrera African striped weasel P. Masked palm civet P. The Johns Hopkins University Press. Pampas foxes have a relatively solitary lifestyle, except during the breeding season and when caring for their young.

lyclopex Sugars, organic acids and phenolic compounds of Ziziphus mauritiana fruit. Comparison and quantification of carnivore diet by faecal analysis: 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.

Lycalopex gymnocercus

Accessed December 31, at https: Food habits of Louisiana black bears Ursus americanus luteolus in two subpopulations of the Tensas River basin. 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. Generalist species distributed across different habitats and ecoregions may reveal large variation in their diets, whereas specialists tend to show a rather similar trophic niche despite significant variation in habitat characteristics Elmhagen et al.

Mistol Ziziphus mistolRhamnaceaewas the most important fruit resource throughout the year.

The pampas fox resembles the culpeo or Andean fox in appearance and size, but has a proportionately wider snout, reddish fur on the head and neck, and a black mark on the muzzle.


The pampas foxes mostly live a solitary life, but come together as monogamous pairs in the breeding season to raise their young. The Pampas fox is a generalist feeder that can alter its diet to changes in food availability. 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 The species is very abundant in areas close to human dwellings, to the point of being considered a threat to domestic animals.

California sea lion Z. They exhibit two particularly interesting behaviors. The muzzle is black as far as the corners of the mouth, a feature that distinguishes them from the similar culpeo fox Lycalopex culpaeus.

Diet of the maned wolf, Chrysocyon brachyurus, in central Brazil. Fleshy fruits comprised more than two-thirds of the diet of Pampas foxes in the Chaco dry woodland of Salta, as compared with only one-fourth of the diet in the grasslands of La Pampa Province Crespo New Zealand sea lion P.

Diet composition of the Pampas fox Lycalopex gymnocercus; scat analysis in the Chaco dry woodland of Salta, northwestern Argentina, sampled during the wet and dry seasons of In the Chaco woodland, the 2nd largest biome of South America, the Pampas fox is probably the most common gymnoceecus carnivore. Civettictis African civet C.