island fox

[ ahy-luhnd foks ]
/ ˈaɪ lənd ˈfɒks /

noun

a fox, Urocyon littoralis, whose entire population lives on six of the eight Channel Islands of California, with each island population a subspecies distinct from those on the other islands: a third smaller than its ancestor the gray fox, the island fox is the largest mammal native to the Channel Islands yet is one of the world’s smallest canids.

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Origin of island fox

First recorded in 1930–35
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