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July 04, 2006

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GreenmanTim

Al, my understanding is that although they have the widest native range of any terrestrial carnivore, red foxes have been introduced to North America from the British population by foxhunters. Although both species are Vulpes vulpes, there would naturally be a substancial variation in genetic diversity the the eastern North American and western Eurasian ends of the range and one might suspect that shipping one group to the other area may have impacted local genotypes.

Al Mollitor

Thanks for the update and close-up. I was thinking that shrub could have been a juniper until you provided a better look.

This is an interesting topic. So many plants and animals have been with us so long, it's easy to forget that many of them haven't always been here. I was thinking recently about the red fox. Fox hunting is such a big sport in England and that made me wonder if they were imported to North America, or if they are native.

Jenn

This is great, thanks for the update!

My own personal favorite art "mistake" (and maybe I should be putting art in quotes here too) is that frequently renderings of salt water menageries contain a distinctly freshwater angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare). I have a needlepoint where it is actually the centerpiece of the scene, in front of the clownfish and coral and everything :-).

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