During the 1980s, a Pliocene canid from Baja California Sur, Mexico, was described as a new Cerdocyon species, C. avius. Whereas some investigators believe that C. avius was related to the origin of South American foxes of the tribe Cerdocyonina, others suggested that it is related to members of the tribe Vulpini. Our observations and analyses confirm that it is a vulpine with a morphological combination of features that has not been described previously: marked subangular lobe in the hemimandible, m1 hypoconulid is practically absent, and the m3 is single-cusped. We propose Ferrucyon, gen. nov., as a genus including at present one species, F. avius. In the phylogenetic analysis, this species is related to North American Metalopex macconnelli, and to the Eurasian Nyctereutes spp., which creates a relationship between the foxes of the Old and New World.
You have requested a machine translation of selected content from our databases. This functionality is provided solely for your convenience and is in no way intended to replace human translation. Neither BioOne nor the owners and publishers of the content make, and they explicitly disclaim, any express or implied representations or warranties of any kind, including, without limitation, representations and warranties as to the functionality of the translation feature or the accuracy or completeness of the translations.
Translations are not retained in our system. Your use of this feature and the translations is subject to all use restrictions contained in the Terms and Conditions of Use of the BioOne website.