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Mammals

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Birds of NE Brazil.
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Threatened species
Many species of NE Brazil are threatened by extinction. Our reserve helps to protect some of them:
Crab-eating Fox
Cerdocyon thous
Raposa
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae

RPPN Mãe-da-lua.
Cerdocyon thous (?)
19/11/2009; Mãe-da-lua reserve, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil.
300 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 1. I encountered this fox during an afternoon walk in Mãe-da-lua reserve. It watched me with curiosity, long enough to make a photo.

I am not 100% certain about the species, but I think this is probably Cerdocyon thous. See plate 16(d), and description, in Eisenberg and Redford 1999.

The local farmers don't like the fox too much, because it steals their chicken. For this reason, the fox is sometimes trapped and killed.

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Barking of Crab-eating Fox (Cerdocyon thous)
29/08/2007, 05h24. RPPN Mãe-da-lua, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. h1735. (c) H. Redies.
Sound h1735. Bark of Crab-eating Fox.

This sound is probably from a fox which happened to pass next to my hide, in the lowland of Mãe-da-lua reserve. A second or so after the fox had disappeared from view, I heard the bark from the direction in which the fox had gone.

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18/03/2012, 21h52. RPPN Mãe-da-lua, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. h1817. (c) H. Redies.
Sound h1817. Bark of Crab-eating Fox.

Recorded from the veranda of the office of Associação Mãe-da-lua next to the RPPN, in a moonless night in the rainy season. The vegetation around the office is secondary arboreal Caatinga. The sound was part of a longer series of maybe 20 or so barks, separated by long breaks. Based on the similarity with h1735, I attributed the sound to Cerdocyon thous.

In the first part of the recording, a dog and Tropical Screech-Owl Megascops choliba can be heard.

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