Alashan wapiti

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Alashan wapiti
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Cervinae
Genus: Cervus
C. c. alashanicus
Trinomial name
Cervus canadensis alashanicus
(Bobrinskii & Flerov, 1935)

The Alashan wapiti (Cervus canadensis alashanicus) is an Asian subspecies of wapiti (Cervus canadensis), or elk as they are called in North America.

The Alashan wapiti is found in pockets of Northern China and Mongolia.[1] The Alashan wapiti is the smallest subspecies of wapiti and has the lightest coat color. It is the least-studied subspecies of wapiti, with little formal research having been conducted; this is partially due to the deer’s vast, remote distribution over frequently inaccessible terrain, as well as smaller, fragmented overall populations.[citation needed]

This subspecies of wapiti may be synonymous with the Manchurian wapiti (C. c. xanthopygus) as found in a 2004 study on the genetics of the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus).[2]


  1. ^ Ohtaishi, Noriyuki; Gao, Yaoting (June 1990). "A review of the distribution of all species of deer (Tragulidae, Moschidae and Cervidae) in China". Mammal Review. 20 (2–3): 125–144. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2907.1990.tb00108.x. ISSN 0305-1838.
  2. ^ Mitochondrial DNA phylogeography of red deer (Cervus elaphus), by Christian J. Ludt. In Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 31 (2004), p. 1064–1083. Online copy Archived 2008-04-09 at the Wayback Machine