Moschidae

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Moschidae
Temporal range: Oligocene - Recent
Zwerghirsch-Micromeryx-Rekonstruktion.jpg
Restoration of Micromeryx, a typical moschid
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Moscidae
Gray, 1821

Moschidae is a family of pecoran even-toed ungulates, characterized by long 'saber teeth' instead of horns, antlers or ossicones, modest size (Moschus only reaches 37 pounds in weight, other taxa were even smaller) and a lack of facial glands. Moschus is the only extant genus.[1]

Taxonomy[edit]

After Prothero (2007)[2]

Family Moschidae

References[edit]

  1. ^ University of Michigan Museum of Zoology - Animal Diversity Web - Moschus (musk deer) Classification http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/classification/Moschus.html#Moschus
  2. ^ Prothero, 2007 (p. 221-226)
  3. ^ Manuela Aiglstorfer, Loïc Costeur, Bastien Mennecart, Elmar P. J. Heizmann: Micromeryx? eiselei — A new moschid species from Steinheim am Albuch, Germany, and the first comprehensive description of moschid cranial material from the Miocene of Central Europe, in: PLOS One vom 16. Oktober 2017, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185679