|MadSci Network: Zoology|
I've had an interest in foxes for quite a while now. As I've browsed the internet, I've occasionally come across someone who claims to have seen a "red fox / gray fox hybrid" at some time or another. Of course, I myself know that the coloration of both species can vary considerably -- gray foxes can have a large amount of red, and red foxes can have a considerable amount of gray on them (indeed, silver red foxes are completely gray). Thus, I assume that these "hybrid" conclusions are most likely misguided. However, I am curious: Regardless of whether they normally do so in the wild, is it actually possible for a red fox and a gray fox to hybridize? What about other foxes, such as the swift/kit (apparently considered to be the same species now), arctic, and fennec?
Re: Which fox species can hybridize with which (if any)?
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