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Arctic fox

Arctic fox
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Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Branch Deuterostomia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Mammalia
Sub-class Theriiformes
Infra-class Holotheria
Order Information
Superorder Preptotheria
Order Carnivora
Sub-order Caniformia
Infraorder Cynoidea
Family Information
Family Canidae
Sub-family Caninae
Tribe Information
Tribe Vulpini
Genus Information
Genus Vulpes
Species Information
Species V. lagopus
Subspecies V. l. beringensis
V. l. foragorapusis
V. l. fuliginosus
V. l. pribilofensis
Population statistics

Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) is a small canid native to the high polar regions of the Northern Hemisphere.


The arctic fox is approximately three feet long from nose to tail, and weighs seven to fifteen pounds, with the average weight just over seven pounds. Females are slightly smaller than males. The fur is soft and thick, enabling the fox to survive the low temperatures of the arctic. The coat is white in winter, which is shed during spring to become dark brown in summer.

Range and Habitat

Arctic foxes live in the northern latitudes of Eurasia and North America, above the Arctic Circle, to as far south as the Aleutians, Hudson Bay (Canada), and Iceland.