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Encyclopedia > Truong Son Muntjac
Truong Son Muntjac
Conservation status: Unknown
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Suborder: Ruminantia
Family: Cervidae
Genus: Muntiacus
Species: truongsonensis
Binomial name
Muntiacus truongsonensis
Giao et al., 1998


Truong Son Muntjac (Muntiacus truongsonensis) is a species of muntjac deer. It is possibly the smallest muntjac species, at about 15kg, half the size of the Indian Muntjac (or Common Muntjac). It was discovered in the Truong Son mountain range in Vietnam in 1997


It was identified by examination of skulls and descriptions provided by villagers, who call it samsoi cacoong, or "the deer that lives in the deep, thick forest." It lives at altitudes of 400-1000 metres, where its small size allows it to move through dense undergrowth.


Reference

  • Truong Son Muntjac (http://www.wwfindochina.org/conservation/species/tmuntjac.htm), WWF Indochina.

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Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Muntjac (211 words)
Muntjac are deer of the genus Muntiacus, also known as Barking Deer.
Muntjac are the oldest known deer, appearing 15-35 million years ago, with remains found in Miocene deposits in France and Germany.
Muntjac are of great interest in evolutionary studies because of their dramatic chromosome variations and recent discoveries of several new species.
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