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Vulpes vulpes


Vulpes vulpes
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Copyright: Helmut Roos (buscape) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 355 W: 20 N: 1518] (7615)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D 800E, AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f4.0 G IF-ED VR II, Nikon TC14EII
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-19 1:19
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Points: 30
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English:

Class: Mammalia; Order: Carnivora; Family: Canidae; Tribe: Vulpini; Genus: Vulpes; Species: Vulpes vulpes

The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is the largest of the true foxes and the most geographically spread member of the Carnivora.
Description:
A red fox has an elongated body and relatively short limbs. The tail, which is longer than half the body length (70% of head and body length)) is long, fluffy and reaches the ground when in a standing position. Their pupils are oval and vertically oriented. Nictitating membranes are present, but move only when the eyes are closed. The forepaws have five digits, while the hind feet have only four and lack dewclaws. They are very agile, being capable of jumping over 2 metre high fences and swim well. Vixens have three pairs of teats, though vixens with 7, 9 or 10 teats are not uncommon. The testes of males are smaller than those of Arctic foxes. Their skulls are fairly narrow and elongated with small braincases. Their canine teeth are relatively long. Sexual dimorphism of the skull is more pronounced than in corsac foxes, with female red foxes tending to have smaller than average skulls than males, with wider nasal regions and hard palates, as well as having larger canines. Their skulls are distinguished from those of dogs by their narrower muzzles, less crowded premolars, more slender canine teeth and their concave rather than convex profiles. Red foxes are the largest species of the genus Vulpes. However, relative to dimensions, red foxes are much lighter than similarly sized dogs of the Canis genus. Their limb bones, for example, weigh 30% less per unit area of bone than expected for similarly sized dogs. They display significant individual, sexual, age and geographical variation in size. On average, adults measure 35–50 cm high at the shoulder and 45 to 90 cm in body length with tails measuring 32 to 53 cm. The ears measure 7.7–12.5 cm and the hind feet 12–18.5 cm. They weigh 2.2 to 14 kg, with vixens typically weighing 15–20% less than males. Adult red foxes have skulls measuring 129–167 mm, while those of vixens measure 128–159 mm. The forefoot print measures 60 mm in length and 45 mm in width, while the hind foot print measures 55 mm long and 38 mm wide. They trot at a speed of 6–13 km/h, and have a maximum running speed of 50 km/h. They have a stride of 25–35 cm when walking at a normal pace. North American red foxes are generally lightly built, with comparatively long bodies for their mass and have a high degree of sexual dimorphism. British red foxes are heavily built, but short, while continental European red foxes are closer to the general average among red fox populations. The largest red fox on record in Great Britain was a 17.2 kg, 1.4m long male, killed in Aberdeenshire, Scotland in early 2012. The winter fur is dense, soft, silky and relatively long. In northern foxes, the fur is very long, dense and fluffy, but is shorter, sparser and coarser in southern forms. Among northern foxes, the North American varieties generally have the silkiest guard hairs, while most Eurasian red foxes have coarser fur. There are three main colour morphs; red, silver/black and cross. In the typical red morph, their coats are generally bright reddish-rusty with yellowish tints. A stripe of weak, diffuse patterns of many brown-reddish-chestnut hairs occurs along the spine. Two additional stripes pass down the shoulder blades which, together with the spinal stripe, form a cross. The lower back is often a mottled silvery colour. The flanks are lighter coloured than the back, while the chin, lower lips, throat and front of the chest are white. The remaining lower surface of the body is dark, brown or reddish. During lactation, the belly fur of vixens may turn brick red. The upper parts of the limbs are rusty-reddish, while the paws are black. The frontal part of the face and upper neck is bright brownish-rusty red, while the upper lips are white. The backs of the ears are black or brownish-reddish, while the inner surface is whitish. The top of the tail is brownish-reddish, but lighter in colour than the back and flanks. The underside of the tail is pale grey with a straw coloured tint. A black spot, the location of the supracaudal gland, is usually present at the base of the tail. The tip of the tail is white.

Source: Wikipedia

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Deutsch:

Klasse: Säugetiere; Ordnung: Raubtiere; Familie: Hunde; Gattung: Vulpes; Art: Rotfuchs

Der Rotfuchs (Vulpes vulpes) ist der einzige mitteleuropäische Vertreter der Füchse und wird daher meistens als „der Fuchs“ bezeichnet. Er ist in Europa der häufigste Wildhund.
Merkmale:
Die Körpermaße des Rotfuchses sind geographisch und jahreszeitlich starken Schwankungen unterworfen. Das Körpergewicht liegt durchschnittlich für Männchen im Bereich 5,5 bis 7,5 kg, für Weibchen bei 5 bis 6,5 kg. Schwerere Tiere (bis 14,5 kg) sind selten. Die Körperlänge (ohne Schwanz) beträgt für Männchen 65 bis 75 cm, für Weibchen 62 bis 68 cm, die Schwanzlänge entsprechend 35 bis 45 cm bzw. 30 bis 42 cm (jeweils Durchschnittswerte für europäische Füchse). Der Rotfuchs weist einige Ähnlichkeiten mit Katzen auf: Er klettert besser als andere Hundeartige und zeigt mit seinem langsamen Anschleichen und dem Mäusesprung ein ähnliches Jagdverhalten wie Katzen. Seine Pupillenschlitze sind senkrecht, wie die der Katzen. Die Krallen der Vorderpfoten sind teilweise einziehbar. Dies lässt die Spitzen der Krallen sich beim Laufen weniger abnutzen und macht sie deshalb schärfer. Diese Fähigkeit ist ungewöhnlich für ein Tier aus der Familie der Hundsartigen, jedoch typisch für eine Katze (nur der Gepard, der "Hund unter den Katzen" kann als einzige Katze die Krallen nicht einziehen). Füchse und Katzen gehören zwar verschiedenen Familien an, haben aber aufgrund der gemeinsamen Spezialisierung auf kleine Nagetiere als Beutetiere im Laufe der Evolution eine konvergente Entwicklung durchgemacht. Das Fell ist oberseits rötlich, unterseits weiß; der Farbton variiert je nach Verbreitungsgebiet oberseits zwischen rötlichgelb und tiefrotbraun und unterseits zwischen rein weiß und schiefergrau. Die unteren Teile der Beine sowie die Hinterseiten der Ohren sind schwarz gefärbt. Daneben gibt es abweichende Farbvarianten, z. B. den Kreuzfuchs, der einen schwarzen Streifen auf dem Rücken trägt. Der Silberfuchs ist dunkelgrau bis schwarz, der Brandfuchs weist eine dunkle Kehle sowie Schulterpartie auf, der Kohlfuchs ist noch dunkler, der Birkfuchs dagegen besonders hell.

Quelle: Wikipedia

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Hi Helmut,
A nicely composed shot with the fox in the light, nice detail and colours. A nice dof and bg.
TFS regards Bill.

hi Helmut,
this is good photograph. the hide and seek of light and shadow is creating a magical atmosphere here. look at the fox. oh dear, how he (or she?) is showing discomfort as direct sunlight falls on his face! so cute :)
the focus exactly on the fox and the surrounding grasses is very dramatic here. liked that most.
tfs
regards
Ruby

A nice layered composition Helmut with the shadowy FG, nicely sunlit fox and the OOF BG. Feels like the fox will walk straight out of the frame. Superbly done.
Thanks
Himanshu

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-07-19 7:10]

Lieber Helmut,
Nicht so einfach einen Fuchs in der Natur zu fotografieren und dann noch eine gute Bildgestaltung zu haben. Dir ist es mit diesem feinen Bild gelungen! Schön wie das Licht auf den Fuchs fällt, du hast das Bild wohl früh am Morgen gemacht. Deine Notiz ist auch interessant, es scheint ja viele verschiedene Fuchsarten zu geben.
Herzlich grüsst
Anne

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-07-19 8:49]

Hello Helmut,
Nice photo of this fox in very beautiful light and a great composition.
Good sharp focus.
Regards,
Peter

Hi Helmut,
really nice photo of this fox. I invite you to see it in my gallery, too :)
Great point of view. Very good colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,
Maciek

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-07-19 9:22]

Hello Helmut,
very interesting scene you caught on that Sunny day ! I thought that foxes are moving at night !

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-07-19 10:08]

Hello Helmut.
great capture of red fox in a natural composition with fantastic colors, nice pose and great details.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Helmut.
Grande cattura di questo esemplare di volpe,sei stato più furbo di lei. ottima nitidezza e splendidi colori molto bella.
Ciao Marco.

hello Helmut
very good composition with nice sunlight and beautiful naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

hello Helmut
une très belle photo, ce renard a fière allure sous une belle lumière matinale.
J'aime bien aussi la végétation, les fines herbes qui forment son environnement
Bonne soirée
Roland

Hello Helmut,
All the winter I was chasing birds and hope to find a fox like you....but no luck at all....You find one with beautiful hair. The Light is very good for you but the fox is not happy about it...she close his eyes....
Thanks for sharing!
Marius.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-07-19 15:37]

Hi Helmut,this is a very lucky meeting and a beautiful capture,the light seems perfect for the moment ad go direct on the wild fox,very nice details despite the distance too. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Helmut
Beautiful scene with excellent composition, wonderful lighting and very good sharpness.
Regards,
Christodoulos

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-07-19 23:28]

hello Helmut,
Excellent photo compozition with this Vulpes, very fine, colorful details, nice composition, TFS!

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