kit fox


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

kit fox

n.
A small fox (Vulpes macrotis) of western US and Mexican grasslands and deserts, having large ears and gray to buff or sometimes reddish fur with black at the tip of the tail.

[Probably from kit, in reference to its small size.]

kit fox

n
(Animals) another name for swift fox
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kit fox - small grey fox of southwestern United Stateskit fox - small grey fox of southwestern United States; may be a subspecies of Vulpes velox
fox - alert carnivorous mammal with pointed muzzle and ears and a bushy tail; most are predators that do not hunt in packs
2.kit fox - small grey fox of the plains of western North Americakit fox - small grey fox of the plains of western North America
fox - alert carnivorous mammal with pointed muzzle and ears and a bushy tail; most are predators that do not hunt in packs
References in periodicals archive ?
The Environmental Groups assert that the Panoche Valley has the last intact, but unprotected, grasslands in the San Joaquin Valley and is home to many rare and endangered species including the giant kangaroo rat, the San Joaquin kit fox, and the blunt-nosed leopard lizard.
We hypothesized that removal rates would be 1) higher for kit fox scats than coyote scats due to their smaller size, 2) higher at sites experiencing more frequent disturbance (higher traffic volumes), 3) higher along roads with a higher intensity of disturbances (larger roads facilitate increased traffic speeds), 4) highest for scats deposited in the tire tracks and lowest for those deposited on the shoulder and 5) higher in summer than winter due to additive influences of insects.
State wildlife biologists studying Kit Fox populations have captured rare video footage of pups playing in the Eastern Oregon desert.
On 4 September through 6 September 2013, while conducting nighttime spotlight surveys of private conservation inholdings within the study area, we observed an American badger and San Joaquin kit fox in proximity to one another on three occasions at two locations separated by approximately 24 km.
The Great Basin Desert of southeastern Oregon defines the northem extent of the distribution of the Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis) (McGrew 1979).
Stable isotopes evaluate exploitation of anthropogenic foods by the endangered San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica).
Two dogs were selected from more than 600 candidates - one was female Labrador retriever mix trained to sniff out mountain lions and the other was a male pit bull terrier mix, was trained to detect red fox (Vulpes vulpes), gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) and kit fox (Vulpes macrotis) scat.
One of the chief beneficiaries of the habitat conservation plan will be the nation's smallest fox, the endangered San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica).
Also associated with these rolling grassland habitats are several carnivore species, including the federally endangered San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica--U.
For example, Dennis & Otten (2000) found that rainfall was a key variable for predicting San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) abundance in California.
Included are 27 birds, such as the brown pelican, California condor, and sandhill crane; 21 mammals, such as the kit fox, wolverine, and bighorn sheep; 10 amphibians, such as the Shasta salamander, black toad, and red-legged frog; and 10 reptiles, such as the desert tortoise, barefoot gecko, and giant garter snake.