Bornean yellow muntjac

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Bornean yellow muntjac
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Cervinae
Genus: Muntiacus
Species:
M. atherodes
Binomial name
Muntiacus atherodes
Groves & Grubb, 1982

The Bornean yellow muntjac (Muntiacus atherodes) is a muntjac species endemic to the moist forests of Borneo.

Taxonomy[edit]

It lives alongside the common muntjac. It is similar to its much more common cousin and was only recognised as a separate species in 1982.

Description[edit]

Apart from the color difference, its antlers, which are just 7 cm (2.8 in) in length, are smaller than those of the common muntjac. It has not been extensively studied and has been described as a relict species.

Ecology[edit]

This muntjac species is a potential prey of the Bornean tiger.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Timmins, R.J.; Giman, B.; Duckworth, J.W. & Semiadi, G. (2008). "Muntiacus atherodes". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.
  2. ^ Meijaard, E. (1999). "The Bornean Tiger; Speculation on its Existence". Cat News. No. 30. pp. 12−15. ISSN 1027-2992.