Domain: Eukarya

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Canidae

Genus: Vulpes

Species: vulpes

Domain: Eukarya- Organisms in the Domain Eukarya possess membrane bound organelles (Myers, 2001).

Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)- Members of this class obtain energy from other organisms because they are unable to produce it themselves (Myers, 2001).

Phylum: Chordata (Possess a basic 'backbone')- Members of the Phylum Chordata have bilateral symmetry. They are highly cephalized, meaning they have a concentration of sensory organs.  Members are triploblastic, denoting three tissue layers, and possess a coelom.  They also have have a complete digestive tract and notochord.  Additionally, they also have a post anal tail present during some point of their life cycle (Myers, 2001).

Class: Mammalia (Mammals)- All organisms of this class Mammalia have bodies covered in hair. They are endothermic and nourish their young with milk. Embryos develop internally in members of this class (Myers, 2001).

Order: Carnivora (Possess carnassial teeth)- Members of this order are carnivorous, or meat eating. They may have other dietary habitats as well (Myers, 2001).

Family: Canidae (Dogs)- This family includes coyotes, dogs, foxes, jackals, and wolves. Usually have five toes on the fore feet and have four toes on the hind feet. They have non retractable claws (Myers, 2001).

Genus: Vulpes (from Latin meaning 'fox')-Members referred to as true foxes. They have black triangular markings between the eyes and nose, and the tips of their tales are often a different color from their pelts (Myers, 2001).

Species: Vulpes vulpes-Most widely distributed carnivore in the world (Myers, 2001).

Made by Emilee DeSmet Figure 1. Phylogenetic tree created by Emilee DeSmet showing the relationship of the phylum Chordata and class Mammalia.

Figure 2. This is a phylogenetic tree showing the relationship of the red fox to the animalia kingdom.

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