Dwarf musk deer

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Dwarf musk deer
Moschus berezovskii - Kunming Natural History Museum of Zoology - DSC02453.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Moschidae
Genus: Moschus
M. berezovskii
Binomial name
Moschus berezovskii
Flerov, 1929

The dwarf musk deer or Chinese forest musk deer (Moschus berezovskii, Chinese: 林麝; pinyin: Lín shè) is an artiodactyl native to southern and central China and northernmost Vietnam. The species name is after the collector Mikhail Mikhailovich Berezovsky. On June 14, 1976, China entered the dwarf musk deer onto its endangered species list.[2] Four subspecies are recognized:[3]

  • Moschus berezovskii berezovskii Flerov, 1929
  • Moschus berezovskii bijiangensis Wang & Li, 1993
  • Moschus berezovskii caobangis Dao, 1969
  • Moschus berezovskii yanguiensis Wang & Ma, 1993


  1. ^ Wang, Y. & Harris, R.B. (2008). "Moschus berezovskii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of endangered.
  2. ^ Endangered Species – Dwarf Musk Deer Facts
  3. ^ Don E. Wilson; DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds. (2005), Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (in German) (3rd ed.), Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, ISBN 0-8018-8221-4