Gongshan muntjac

Gongshan muntjac
Scientific classification
Species: M. gongshanensis
Binomial name
Muntiacus gongshanensis
Ma, 1990[2]

The Gongshan muntjac (Muntiacus gongshanensis)[3] is a species of muntjac (a type of deer) living in the Gongshan mountains in northwestern Yunnan, southeast Tibet, Northeast India(especially in Arunachal Pradesh) and northern Myanmar.[4] The earlier references of occurrence of the hairy-fronted muntjac Muntiacus crinifrons in Arunachal Pradesh are actually Gongshan muntjakc.[5] More recently, genetic studies have shown it to be very closely related to the hairy-fronted muntjac, possibly close enough to be considered the same species despite different coloration, though this position is disputed.[1] Ongoing hunting is a major threat to its survival. While the population cannot be accurately counted, they are often seen on camera-trapping studies which suggest a population well above being endangered. It is hypothesized that the population depends on the geographic range of the Gongshan Muntjac. Gongshan Muntjacs have been observed within two large protected areas in Myanmar, Hkakaborazi National Park and the Hponkanrazi Wildlife Sanctuary. [6]


  1. 1 2 Timmins, R.J.; Duckworth, J.W. & Zaw, T. (2008). "Muntiacus gongshanensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 5 April 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is data deficient.
  2. Ma, Shilai; Wang, Yingxiang; Shi, Liming (1990). "A new species of the genus Muntiacus from Yunnan, China". Zoological Research. 11: 47–52.
  3. Grubb, P. (2005). Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  4. Choudhury, A.U. (2009). Records and distribution of Gongshan and leaf muntjacs in India. Deer Specialist Group News 23: 2-7.
  5. Choudhury, A.U. (2003). The mammals of Arunachal Pradesh. Regency Publications, New Delhi. 140pp
  6. Muntiacus gongshanensis article on IUCN Redlist

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