Indian spotted chevrotain

Indian spotted chevrotain
Indian spotted chevrotain from the Anaimalai Hills in India
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Tragulidae
Genus:Moschiola
Species: M. indica
Binomial name
Moschiola indica
(Gray, 1852)
Synonyms

Tragulus meminna (in part)

The Indian spotted chevrotain (Moschiola indica) is a species of even-toed ungulate in the family Tragulidae found in India and possibly Nepal. It has a body length of 23 in (57.5 cm), with a tail length of 1 in (2.5 cm); it weighs around 7 lb (3 kg). It lives in rainforests and is nocturnal. This was earlier included under the name of Tragulus meminna, but studies on the systematics of the group have led to that name being restricted to the Sri Lankan spotted chevrotain.[2]

References

  1. Duckworth, J.W.; Hem Sagar Baral & Timmins, R.J. (2008). "Moschiola indica". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.
  2. Groves, C. & Meijaard, E. (2005) Intraspecific variation in Moschiola, the Indian Chevrotain. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Supplement 12:413-421 PDF Archived July 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.


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