Elaphodus cephalophus (Artiodactyla: Cervidae)

Mammalian Species
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Elaphodus cephalophus Milne-Edwards, 1872 (tufted deer) is usually considered polytypic with 3 or 4 recognized subspecies, depending on the source. It is a small dark chocolate-brown deer typified by a tuft of hair on its crown, sharp upper canines that protrude downward from under the upper lip, and rudimentary antlers on males; it is similar to muntjacs, to which it is closely related. E. cephalophusoccurs in humid, montane forests at elevations of 300–4,750 m in southwestern through southeastern China and perhaps northwestern Myanmar (historical records). Vulnerable to poaching in remote areas and relatively uncommon in zoos, it is considered vulnerable as a Class II species in China and listed as “Near Threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Elaphodus cephalophus (Artiodactyla: Cervidae)
Series title Mammalian Species
DOI 10.1644/904.1
Volume 45
Issue 904
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher American Society of Mammalogists
Publisher location New York, NY
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Atlanta
Description 12 p.
First page 80
Last page 91
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N