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Jim Scarff ADMIN October 27, 2008
ONE SPECIES TO GO! - BLANFORD'S FOX We now have photos of 34 of the 35 species (+ dingo) of canids! Included among these some extraordinary photos of Darwin's Fox, Pampas fox, Ethiopian wolves, Hoary fox, Cape Foxes from Namibia, Rueppell's fox, short-eared dog from Peru, and a Tibetan fox. Well done! ). Take a look at the new discussion thread: Gallery - One Photo per Species below. (Of course, additional photos

Group Description

This is a group designed to show photos of all 35 species of wild canids in the world (i.e. members of the taxonomic family Canidae). Canids include wolves, coyote, foxes, jackals, dholes, raccoon dogs, etc. A few canid species (wolf, coyote, red fox) have 1000s of photos and we do not need a whole lot more. Other species, such as South American foxes or "zorros", Asiatic dholes, raccoon dogs, and Middle Eastern foxes such as Blanford's fox are very poorly known ,and there are very few pictures available of them. Photos of these species are most desired. This is NOT a gallery for photos of domestic dogs, wolf-dog or coyote-dog hybrids. Captive photos are perfectly acceptable, but please tag them as "captive".]

You can easily view all the photos of any particular species by using one of more of the hyperlink indexes. These are alphabetical lists of canid names and by clicking on the name you will see all the photos we hold of that species.

English common name index: : : : Scientific (Latin) name index: : : Regional index

If you require help identifying a canid, please ask in our Canid ID Help Line thread Remember to say where the photo was taken.

Every now and then we pick a new photo from within the pool to be our group icon. This “featured photo” is shown below in all its glory (scroll down to the bottom).

For reliable and expert information on each of the canid species, I recommend the website of the Canid Specialist Group of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). That website also has a photo gallery with a single photo of each of the species, interesting particularly for the species rarely photographed (e.g. Tibetan fox).

Remember, please follow the rules and guidelines below. Failure to do so may result in your photos being removed from the pool without notice or explanation.

There are a number of things YOU can do to help this group. If you notice someone else has posted a photo to the pool without tagging it, please add the tags yourself; any member can add tags to photos in the pool - you don't have to be an admin.



Every photo needs to be tagged with its scientific (Latin) name or . the photo will not be found when using the Hyperlink index..

- If you don’t know what the species is ask for help in our Canid ID Help Line thread. Remember to say where the photo was taken.

Please also ensure that your photos are tagged with the common name as this is easier for most people to recognise and also there may sometimes be a need to search for photos by common name tags.

Species names vary across the globe – this group uses the taxonomy of the IUCN Canid Specialist Group's Canids: Foxes, Wolves, Jackals and Dogs -
2004 Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan
(chapter 2) as its standard. You can check this list .here

Note: when tagging canid names, use " " marks either side of the canid name to ensure that the whole name appears on one tag. So for example tag "Canis latrans" not Canis latrans.

WHAT TO POST (and what not to post)

The idea of this group is that photos should be useful for identification or display some characteristic or interesting behavior of the species (e.g. hunting, scent marking, social behavior).
Be your own judge, but be stricter for common species (red foxes!) that are already well-represented in the pool.

Wild canids are preferred to captive ones. However, captive birds are perfectly acceptable if we don’t have wild ones in the pool already, but only if they look like wild examples of the species. If you do include captive canids, please add the tag 'captive' to your tag list.

Location must be given.

Where known, it is useful if you state the subspecies, gender, age, etc. and tag these. Tagging the genus is helpful as it allows broader searches. When tagging subspecies please tag the full three-part Latin name but don’t forget to tag just the species name as well.


Featured canid: the Cape Fox (Vulpes chama) which is found in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and the SW corner of Angola. For more info on this species go to the IUCN Canid Specialist Group species summary.

Cape Fox
photo by Johan Strydom

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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