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Taxonomy of the genus Lycalopex (Carnivora: Canidae) in Argentina

Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington

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Abstract

Previously treated as species of Pseudalopex, Argentine members of the genus Lycalopex (L. griseus, L. gymnocercus, and L. culpaeus) are examined to clarify the taxonomic status of each named form. Principal components analyses of 26 cranial measurements of 151 adult specimens and 11 pelage characters of 111 specimens, clearly distinguish L. culpaeus from the other two taxa. Lycalopex griseus and L. gymnocercus show clinal variation in cranial measurements and pelage characters. Qualitative cranial characters, used as diagnostic for L. griseus and L. gymnocercus, revealed great nongeographic variation. We conclude that L. griseus and L. gymnocercus are conspecific, and should be known as L. gymnocercus. Therefore, we recognize only two species of the genus Lycalopex (L. culpaeus and L. gymnocercus) in Argentina. We also use this opportunity to review synonymies of the recognized species of Lycalopex.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Taxonomy of the genus Lycalopex (Carnivora: Canidae) in Argentina
Series title:
Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington
Volume
108
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1995
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
729-747
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
729
Last page:
747
Number of Pages:
19