from the Fauna of British India
Spotted chevrotains (Moschiola) are a genus of small even-toed ungulates in the Tragulidae family. They are found in forests in India, Sri Lanka and perhaps Nepal, and have pale-spotted or -striped upperparts unlike the other Asian members of the family, the mouse-deer of the genus Tragulus.
In former times, the genus was usually treated as monotypic. Described as Moschus meminna, for most of the time the name Tragulus meminna was used, but changed to Moschiola meminna eventually. In the 21st century, this is increasingly divided into up to three parapatric species:
- Sri Lankan Spotted Chevrotain, M. meminna sensu stricto, in the drier parts of Sri Lanka
- Indian Spotted Chevrotain, M. indica, on the South Asian mainland north to Nepal
- Yellow-striped Chevrotain, M. kathygre, in the humid parts of Sri Lanka
- Nowak, R. M. (eds) (1999). Walker's Mammals of the World. 6th edition. Johns Hopkins University Press.
- Groves, C. & Meijaard, E. (2005) Intraspecific variation in Moschiola, the Indian Chevrotain. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Supplement 12:413-421 PDF
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