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Bat-eared fox


Bat-eared fox
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Copyright: Willem Botha (whjb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Southern Africa II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-10 17:04
Viewed: 4335
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Bat-eared Fox is a canid of the African savanna. It is named after its huge ears. Bat-eared Foxes have tawny fur, their ears, legs and parts of the face are black. They are 55 cm in length (head and body), their ears are 13 cm long. It is the only species in the genus Otocyon.

The teeth of the Bat-eared Fox are much smaller than teeth of other canid species. This is an adaptation to their insectivorous diet. 80% of the diet consist of insects. Bat-eared Foxes visit termite hills, follow locust swarms or stay close to herds of zebras or antelopes in order to feed on the insects landing on their excrements. In addition to insects Bat-eared Foxes eat rodents, birds and eggs, and sometimes fruits.

Bat-eared Foxes are nocturnal animals, that live in small groups consisting of a couple and their young. The pairs live in dens and raise the pups (two to five) together.

Due to their unusual teeth, Bat-eared Foxes were once considered as a distinct subfamily of canids (Otocyoninae). However, according to more recent examinations they are closely related to the true foxes of the genus Vulpes. Other research places the genus as an outgroup which is not very closely related to foxes. The Bat-eared Fox is an old species, that was widely distributed in the Pleistocene era. In that time it even lived in parts of West and South Asia.

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bonsoir
très bonne macro sur cet animal assez particulier, bon résultat, belles couleurs très nettes, bon BG, bravo
EDITH

Hello Willem & welcome to TN.
Nice shot of this cute bat-eared fox. Very good detail, DOF, natural color, and exposed well.
Excellent note as well.
Well done & TFS!

Willem

Pragtig kleur hierdie BAt-eared Fox! Mooi ligt!

Dankie, Jay

PS I missed this post earlier.

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