Sumatran muntjac

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Sumatran muntjac
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Cervinae
Genus: Muntiacus
Species:
M. montanus
Binomial name
Muntiacus montanus
(Robinson & Kloss, 1918)

The Sumatran Muntjac (Muntiacus montanus) is a deer which can be the size of a large dog. It was discovered in 1914, but had not been sighted since 1930 until one was snared and freed from a hunter's snare in Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia in 2002.[1] Two other Sumatran muntjac have since been photographed in the park. The Sumatran Muntjac has been placed on the IUCN Red List for 2008, but is listed as Data Deficient, as taxonomical issues are still unresolved[2] (it sometimes is considered a subspecies M. muntjak montanus of the common muntjac). The distribution of the species is also uncertain and may be more extensive than suggested. It is possible that some previous sightings of the common muntjac in Western Sumatra were the Sumatran muntjac.[2]

References

  1. ^ """Lost" deer rediscovered in Indonesia"". Reuters. 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
  2. ^ a b Muntiacus montanus at the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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