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Canids
Temporal range: Palaeogene - Recent
Coyote (Canis latrans)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Family: Canidae
G. Fischer de Waldheim, 1817

Canidae is a family of carnivorous and omnivorous mammals of the order Carnivora. Animals that belong to the family Canidae are called canids. The family Canidae is divided into two tribes: Vulpini ("true foxes"), and Canini ("true dogs"). Canids of the tribe Vulpini (foxes) are called "vulpines". Canids of the tribe Canini (wolves, dogs, coyotes and others) are called "canines". Some people call all these canids "canines", but this is wrong.

Examples of canids are dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, and jackals.

Taxonomy

  • Tribe Vulpini, True foxes
    • Genus Vulpes
    • Genus Alopex
    • Genus Urocyon
      • Gray Fox, Urocyon cinereoargenteus
      • Island Fox, Urocyon littoralis
    • Genus Otocyon
      • Bat-eared Fox, Otocyon megalotis
  • Tribe Canini, True dogs
    • Genus Dusicyon
    • Genus Pseudalopex
      • Culpeo, Pseudalopex culpaeus
      • South American Grey Fox, Pseudalopex griseus
      • Darwin's Fox, Pseudalopex fulvipes
      • Pampas Fox, Pseudalopex gymnocercus
      • Sechura Fox, Pseudalopex sechurae
      • Hoary Fox, Pseudalopex vetulus
    • Genus Atelocynus
      • Short-eared Dog, Atelocynus microtis
    • Genus Cerdocyon
      • Crab-eating Fox, Cerdocyon thous
    • Genus Speothos
      • Bush Dog, Speothos venaticus
    • Genus Chrysocyon
      • Maned Wolf, Chrysocyon brachyurus
    • Genus Nyctereutes
    • Genus Cuon
    • Genus Lycaon
    • Genus Canis
      • Grey Wolf, Canis lupus
      • Red Wolf, Canis rufus
      • Coyote, Canis latrans
      • Golden Jackal, Canis aureus
      • Black-backed Jackal, Canis mesomelas
      • Side-striped Jackal, Canis adustus
      • Ethiopian Wolf, Canis simensis
      • Eastern Wolf, Canis lycaon

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