|Barked: Sun Aug 19, '07 12:20am PST |
|Related, but not as closely as other canids. Fudge pretty much has it covered, but here's another figure for ya':
Amount of chromosomes in species of various canids:
gray wolf (canis lupus) -- 78
maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyrurs) -- 76
bush dog (Speothos venaticus) -- 74
crab eating fox (Cerdocyon thous) -- 74
bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis) -- 72
fennec fox (Alopex zerda) -- 64
arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) -- 50
raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) -- 42
red fox (Vulpes vulpes) -- 36
This info comes from the book, "Genetics, An Introduction For Dog Breeders" by Jackie Isabell, in a section from chapter one, titled "Evolutionary Genetics".
There's a little evidence that foxes and dogs can actually inter-breed, I think, but the offspring isn't really all that viable, and I don't think they produce fertile offspring at all.
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