Yellow-striped chevrotain

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Yellow-striped chevrotain
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Tragulidae
Genus: Moschiola
Species: M. kathygre
Binomial name
Moschiola kathygre
Groves & Meijaard, 2005

The yellow-striped chevrotain (Moschiola kathygre) is a newly discovered species of chevrotain named in 2005. It is found in the wet zones of Sri Lanka. It was recognized as a species distinct from Moschiola meminna based on the phylogenetic species concept. It is known as ශ්‍රී ලංකා කහ ඉරි මීමින්නා by local Sinhalese people.[2][verification needed]

Description[edit]

Head and body 43–51 cm. Dorsally warm yellowish brown in color with at least two light yellow stripes longitudinally along flanks separated by a row of light yellow spots. Two distinct stripes along back plus another below the tail, all are pale yellow in color. Fur is fine and coarse. Tusk-like upper canines are visible in males.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duckworth, J.W. & Timmins, R.J. (2008). Moschiola kathygre. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 26 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.
  2. ^ Groves, C. and Meijaard, E. 2005. Intraspecific variation in Moschiola, the Indian Chevrotain. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Supplement 12: 413-421. PDF available.