- Bengal Fox
name = Bengal FoxMSW3 Wozencraft | id = 14000866]
status = LC
trend = down
status_system = iucn2.3
status_ref = IUCN2006|assessors=Johnsingh, A.J.T. & Jhala, Y.V.|year=2004|id=23049|title=Vulpes bengalensis|downloaded=
2006-05-11Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern]
phylum = Chordata
classis = Mammalia
genus = "
species = "V. bengalensis"
binomial = "Vulpes bengalensis"
binomial_authority = (Shaw, 1800)
The Bengal Fox ("Vulpes bengalensis"), also known as the Indian Fox, is a
foxendemic to the Indian subcontinentand is found from the Himalayan foothills and Terai of Nepalthrough southern Indiaand from southern and eastern Pakistanto eastern Indiaand southeastern Bangladesh.
"Vulpes bengalensis" is a relatively small fox with an elongated muzzle, long pointed ears, and a bushy tail ca. 50 to 60% length of head and body. Dorsal
pelageis grayish and paler ventrally; legs tend to be brownish or rufous. Tail is bushy with prominent black tip. Back of ears are dark brown with black margin. Rhinariumis naked and lips are black, with small black hair patches on upper part of muzzle in front of eyes. Extensive variation in coat color may occur between populations and seasonally within populations, but generally varies from grey to pale brown. Head and body length is in to cm|18|24|abbr=yes|convtype=range, with a in to cm|10|14|abbr=yes|convtype=range long tail. Typical weight is 5-9 lb (2-4 kg).
The Bengal Fox feeds on
rodents, reptiles, crabs, termites, insects, small birds, and fruits.
Reproduction and Living
Although the Bengal Fox lives in pairs, it hunts alone. It undergoes a
gestation periodof 53 days; after, four kits are born in a den.
Huntingfor its skin and flesh as well as conversion of its grassland habitat have affected its population density. In addition, its body parts are used in traditional medicine, and in some areas it is eaten.
* [http://www.lioncrusher.com/animal.asp?animal=6 Lioncrusher's Domain -- Bengal Fox]
* [http://www.canids.org/SPPACCTS/vbengale.htm -- IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group: Bengal Fox]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildfacts/factfiles/144.shtml -- BBC - Science & Nature - Wildfacts - Indian fox, Bengal fox]
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