I made vegetarian korma for dinner tonight, and ran into the same problem I always do when I try to put potatoes in a curry dish - the damn things just don't cook through very well. I've tried everything - chopping them into really small pieces, using Yukon Gold potatoes (for flavor and cooking time) and I still can't get it right. It's not terrible, but it's not as good as the authentic stuff. Also, next time I need to add yogurt along with the coconut milk.

The Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis) is a small canid that can be found exclusively on the Channel Islands of California. Specifically, six of the eight islands. Their location has resulted in a variety of common names for them, including the California Channel Islands Fox, the Island Gray Fox, and the Insular Gray Fox. They measure only 20 inches (50 cm) in length and weigh up to 6 pounds (2.8 Kg). Their small stature is due to insular dwarfism, which is a kind of allopatric speciation, which occurs when populations are dispersed and then isolated.

Because of its isolated habitat, the Island Fox is particularly vulnerable to parasites and disease brought to the Channel Islands from the mainland, particularly those that commonly affect domestic dogs. There are six subspecies of Island Fox, each isolated on its own specific island:

  • Urocyon littoralis littoralis (San Miguel Island)
  • Urocyon littoralis santarosae (Santa Rosa Island)
  • Urocyon littoralis santacruzae (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Urocyon littoralis dickeyi (San Nicolas Island)
  • Urocyon littoralis catalinae (Santa Catalina Island)
  • Urocyon littoralis clementae (San Clemente Island)

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The Island Fox can be found in all of the island biomes, including grassland, chaparral, temperate forest and temperate grassland. No one island supports more than 1,000 individuals. The Island Fox is an omnivore, and feed on crabs, fruit, rodents, reptiles, and birds' eggs. They are preyed upon by the golden eagle, which is four times bigger than the biggest Island Fox and has no difficulty in carrying off a fox or two.

Female Island Foxes will give birth to a litter of one to five kits after a 60-day gestation period. Island Foxes form monogamous couples and are seen together throughout the breeding season, which is typically January to March. Foxes from different subspecies are able to interbreed with each other, but they are definitely subspecies because of specific genetic and phenotypic characteristics, which make them distinct from each other.

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