Swift and kit foxes
Comparative ecology and conservation priorities of swift and kit foxes
Swift foxes and kit foxes are found in the relatively flat, arid regions of North America. Swift and kit foxes are phenotypically similar, although kit foxes have slightly longer, less rounded ears and weigh less. Although early morphometric comparisons and protein-electrophoresis suggested that these foxes constitute the same species, recent multivariate morphometric analyses as well as mitochondrial DNA restriction-site and sequence analyses showed that they are separate species. This chapter compares swift and kit foxes to determine whether morphological and genetic differences might also be indicative of differences in life history, ecology, or population threats.
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