Wild Animals/Red Fox morphs


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I work for a company who does live animals trading.
A few days ago, I imported some Red Foxes from Netherlands.
As you can see, the scientific name of the Red Fox is "Vulpes vulpes". But in the Health Certificate it appears "Vulpes articos" and the common name "Silver Fox".
As a live animal importer, I never heard it "Vulpes articos" as a scientific name and when I've searched via internet but shows NOTHING.
Please find enclosed to this photo, this is the Fox what I've exported.
I'm not sure if it's a "morphed fox" or something like that.
I will appreciate if you can tell me what kind a fox is because the Quarantine are interrogating me a lot about this.
Please let me know if you can help me.
Thank you.

Kindest regards

Paul Kim

Dear Paul Kim,

The animal certainly appears to be a red fox, Vulpes vulpes. The usage of "articos," would appear to imply an Arctic habitat, and the use of "silver fox" is corroboratory. However, "Vulpes articos" is not a scientifically valid taxonomy, and the use of the phrase appears to be an error on the part of the shipping company.



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I can answer general questions about any and all of the phyla within the kingdom Animalia. I am most knowledgeable on the predatory, reproductive, and intraspecific and interspecific behavior of megafauna, including but not limited to the big cats, ursines, hyenas, canids, and the like. I can also answer some questions about animal conservation, but please do not ask me how to rehabilitate feral animals. Virtually every state in America has a local animal shelter or rehabilitation center that serves that purpose. I would also prefer not to answer questions about hypothetical animal fights.


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