Vietnam mouse-deer

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Vietnam mouse-deer[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Tragulidae
Genus: Tragulus
T. versicolor
Binomial name
Tragulus versicolor
(Thomas, 1910)

The Vietnam mouse-deer (Tragulus versicolor),[3] also known as the silver-backed chevrotain, is a species of even-toed ungulate in the family Tragulidae that at present only is known from Vietnam.[1] Until 2004, it was generally treated as a subspecies of the greater mouse-deer (T. napu), though it more closely resembles the lesser mouse-deer (T. kanchil).[4] Recent records of this very poorly known species are missing, but this is more likely due to the difficulty involved in separating it from other mouse-deer and the general absence of field work within its presumed range than it being extinct.[2] The silver-backed chevrotain is among the 25 “most wanted lost” species that are the focus of Global Wildlife Conservation's Search for Lost Species initiative.[5]


  1. ^ a b Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. (2005). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ a b Timmins, R.J.; Duckworth, J.W. & Meijaard, E. (2008). "Tragulus versicolor". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 29 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of data deficient.
  3. ^ Thomas (1910) Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., ser. 8 vol.5 535.
  4. ^ E. Meijaard, C.P. Groves (2004), "A taxonomic revision of the Tragulus mouse-deer (Artiodactyla)", Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 140 (1), 63–102 doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2004.00091.x
  5. ^ "The Search for Lost Species". Global Wildlife Conservation. Retrieved 10 July 2017.