Raccoon Dog, Nyctereutes procyonoides


Short description of Nyctereutes procyonoides, Raccoon Dog

The raccoon dog is a fox-sized mammal with short legs and tail and mainly blackish-grey fur.  There are raccoon-like black markings across the face but this species lacks the raccoon's long banded tail.

Description of Nyctereutes procyonoides, Raccoon Dog status in GB

The raccoon dog is an unusual member of the dog family that is spreading westwards across continental Europe and has recently been recorded in GB as an escapee.

Habitat summary: Nyctereutes procyonoides, Raccoon Dog

Raccoon dogs occupy mainly damp forest habitats with abundant undergrowth and are typically found near water.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: China, Mongolia, Kazan-retto, Nansei-shoto, Ogasawara-shoto, North Korea, South Korea, Russia Central, Russia East, Russia North, Russia Northwest, Russia South, Vietnam
Functional type: Omnivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: ?
Date of first record: Unknown

Distribution map

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John Marchant

Last updated:

March 12th, 2012

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