Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus lagopus ?) - ROM2004_941_6

ROM2004_941_6

Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus lagopus ?)

Geography: North America
Date: Acquired on February 1, 1891
Dimensions:
length=24; width=7; height=12 inches
Taxonomy
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    • Taxonomy
    • Kingdom: Animalia
    • Phylum: Chordata
    • Class: Mammalia
    • Order: Carnivora
    • Family: Canidae
    • Genus: Alopex
    • SpecificEpithet: lagopus
    • Subspecies: lagopus ?
Object number: 9102010015
On view
DescriptionThe Arctic fox lives on the Arctic tundra, feeding on small rodents like voles and lemmings. The fox population cycles in response to its prey population levels—when rodent numbers are high, the fox numbers increase and vice a versa. This skeleton mount is from the Teaching Collection (a part of the permanent collection stored in a classroom that is used specifically for teaching at the university level). The Arctic fox exhibits a typical dog skeleton, a fairly unspecialized skeleton, but has legs that proportionally permit fast movement. These agile hunters have a keen sense of sight and hearing.
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