is the genus
name for some South American
members of the Canidae
family. The common name for the genus is zorro
, from Spanish
, and raposa
, from Portuguese
, both words standing for fox
. The most numerous species of this genus is probably Lycalopex griseus
, the South American Gray Fox, with large ears and a highly marketable, russet-fringed pelt
. This genus is more closely related to the dog-like canids than to the true foxes. The zorros are hunted in Argentina
for their durable, soft pelt. In Argentina they have the name of 'lamb-killer'. In reality, zorros rarely kill lambs, although, if hunger strikes, they will prey on weak or sick infants.
Species currently included in this genus include:
The name Pseudalopex has been used for this genus, but the current usage has that as a synonym, with Lycalopex taking precedence.
- Nowak, Ronald M. (2005). Walker's Carnivores of the World. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press. ISBN 0-8018-8032-7