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The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids$
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David W. Macdonald and Claudio Sillero-Zubiri

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198515562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515562.001.0001

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Raccoon dogs

Raccoon dogs

Finnish and Japanese raccoon dogs—on the road to speciation?

(p.217) CHAPTER 13 Raccoon dogs
The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids

Kaarina Kauhala

Midori Saeki

Oxford University Press

Japanese raccoon dogs (Nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus) have been isolated from populations (e.g., N. p. ussuriensis) on mainland Asia for about 12,000 years. Since the environment and climate of Japan differ greatly from that on mainland Asia, different selection pressures have affected the two populations. This chapter compares several features of Finnish (N. p. ussuriensis, originally from SE Russia) and Japanese raccoon dogs to evaluate the progress of the Japanese raccoon dog towards speciation. It reviews the chromosome number, skull and tooth morphology, body size and weight, the ability to hibernate, reproduction, home ranges, habitat use, and diet of Japanese and Finnish raccoon dogs.

Keywords:   Japanese raccoon dogs, Nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus, Finnish raccoon dogs, speciation, chromosome number, morphology, body size, weight, hibernation, reproduction

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