Sri Lankan spotted chevrotain

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Sri Lankan spotted chevrotain
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Sri Lanka spotted chevrotain at Field Museum, mounted specimen
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Tragulidae
Genus: Moschiola
Species: M. meminna
Binomial name
Moschiola meminna
(Erxleben, 1777)
Synonyms

Moschus meminna Erxleben, 1777
Tragulus meminna (Erxleben, 1777)

Moschiola meminna is a species of even-toed ungulate in the chevrotain family (Tragulidae). Particularly in the old literature, M. meminna often refers to the spotted chevrotains as a whole. Today, the name is increasingly restricted to the Sri Lankan spotted chevrotain or white-spotted chevrotain, with the Indian spotted chevrotain M. indica[2] and/or the yellow-striped chevrotain M. kathygre treated as distinct species.

In Sri Lanka, this species is found in the dry zone and is replaced in the wet zone by the yellow-striped chevrotain.[3]

Description[edit]

Head and body length in the species typically is 55–60 cm. It is dull brown in color with three or four dotted white stripes going longitudinally along flank.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duckworth, J.W. & Timmins, R.J. (2008). "Moschiola meminna". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 6 November 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.
  2. ^ IUCN Redlist
  3. ^ Groves, C. & Meijaard, E. (2005) Intraspecific variation in Moschiola, the Indian Chevrotain. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Supplement 12:413-421 PDF Archived 2008-07-27 at the Wayback Machine.

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