Wild pigs of the Philippines

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The Philippines (Filipino: Baboy Ramo or Baboy Damo) has four endemic species of wild pigs. This makes the Philippines unique in having arguably the largest number of endemic wild pigs (Genus Sus).[1][2] Two separate populations of unstudied wild pig species have been reported on the islands of Tawi-Tawi (near Sabah, Malaysia),[3] and Tablas (in the central Philippines).[4]

Unlike its Southeast Asian neighbors, the Philippines does not have a native population (or endemic subspecies) of the widely distributed Eurasian wild boar (Sus scrofa).

Hybridization with domestic pigs Sus domesticus are becoming rampant.

Endemic Philippine wild pig species[edit]

The Philippines is also home to the Bornean bearded pig, which can be found at the Tawi-Tawi province at the tip of the Sulu Archipelago. The species is widely ranging in Borneo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pigs, Peccaries, and Hippos Status Survey and Action Plan, Chapter 5.6, Philippine Warty Pigs (1993)
  2. ^ http://www.fmnh.org/Philippine_Mammals/index.html
  3. ^ Lucchini, V., Meijaard, E., Diong, C. H., Groves, C. P. & Randi, E. 2005. New phylogenetic perspectives among species of South-east Asian wild pig (Sus sp.) based on mtDNA sequences and morphometric data. Journal of Zoology 266, 25-35.
  4. ^ Asian Wild Pig News, Asian Wild Pig Research and Conservation Group, Vol. 2 (1) (January 2002).

External links[edit]

  • [1] last accessed 23 June 2011.