The Wild Canids: Their Systematics, Behavioral Ecology and Evolution

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-07
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Our knowledge of the behavior and evolution of wolves, foxes, coyotes, and Canis familiaris-the domestic dog-was extremely limited until the publication of The Wild Canids in 1975. Edited by Dr. Michael W. Fox, one of the premier researchers in the field, the 30 scholarly studies presented in this acclaimed volume represented a major step forward in understanding these fascinating animals. It also laid out a number of areas of inquiry that stimulated further study. In the nearly 35 years since its publication, The Wild Canids has been a valuable resource for conservationists in protecting and re-introducing canids into the wild and in familiarizing dog trainers and behaviorists with the science of canine behavior. Today's readers now have the opportunity to delve into the original research by such pioneers in the field as Bekoff, Belyaev, Zimen and many more.

Author Biography

Editor Michael W. Fox, a veterinarian and ethologist, was born and educated in England. He received his D.Sc. and Ph.D. from London University. He is the author of more than 30 books on animal behavior, training, and health. Contributors to this volume included many distinguished scientists who specialize in behavioral psychology, ecology, genetics, and animal and human sociology.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xiii
Taxonomic and Morphological Studiesp. 1
Distribution and Taxonomy of the Canidaep. 3
Molecular Approaches to Taxonomic Problems in the Canidaep. 27
The Chromosomes of the Canidaep. 40
Sexual Dimorphism and Geographical Distance as Factors of Skull Variation in the Wolf (C. Lupus)p. 54
Morphological and Ecological Variation among Gray Wolves (C. lupus) of Ontario, Canadap. 62
Relationships of North American Canis Shown by a Multiple Character Analysis of Selected Populationsp. 73
The Origin of Dingo: An Enigmap. 87
Behavioral Ecologyp. 107
Ecology and Behavior of the Dhole or Indian Wild Dog Cuon alpinus (Pallas)p. 109
Social Behavior and Ecology of African Canidae: A Reviewp. 120
Ecology of the Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) in North America: A Reviewp. 143
Ecology of the Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus): A Reviewp. 164
Ecology of the Pampus Gray Fox and the Large Fox (Culpeo)p. 179
Ecology and Evolution in the South American Canidsp. 192
The Red Fox in Britainp. 207
Ecology of the Red Fox in Americap. 216
Dispersal and Social Contact Among Red Foxes: Results from Telemetry and Computer Simulationp. 237
Ecology and Social Behavior of the Coyotep. 247
Status of the Red Wolf in the United Statesp. 263
Ecology of the Wolf in North Americagp. 280
The Eskimo Hunter's View of Wolf Ecology and Behaviorp. 286
Wolf Ecology in Northern Europep. 292
Social Behaviorp. 301
A Longitudinal Field Study of the Behavior of a Pair of Golden Jackalsp. 303
Social Dynamics of the Wolf packp. 336
Hunting Behavior in Two Similar Species of Social Canidsp. 363
Dingo Society and its Maintenance: A Preliminary Analysisp. 369
The Ecology of Feral and Free Roving Dogs in Baltimorep. 380
Ecology of a Feral Dog Pack on a Wildlife Refugep. 391
Genetics and Physiologyp. 397
Genetics of Behavior Variations in Color phases of the Red Foxp. 399
Some Genetic and Endocrine Effects of Selection for Domestication in Silver Foxesp. 416
Behavioral Evolutionp. 427
Evolution of Social Behavior in Canidsp. 429
Editor's Conclusionsp. 460
Referencesp. 461
Author Indexp. 497
Subject Indexp. 505
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