Bornean yellow muntjac
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Cervinae
Genus: Muntiacus
Species:
M. atherodes
Binomial name
Muntiacus atherodes
Groves & Grubb, 1982

The Bornean yellow muntjac (Muntiacus atherodes) is a muntjac species endemic to the moist forests of Borneo.

Taxonomy

It lives alongside the common muntjac. It is similar to its much more common cousin and was only recognised as a separate species in 1982.

Description

Apart from the color difference, its antlers, which are just 7 cm (2.8 in) in length, are smaller than those of the common muntjac. It has not been extensively studied and has been described as a relict species.

Ecology

This muntjac species is a potential prey of the Bornean tiger.[2]

References

  1. ^ Timmins, R.J.; Belden, G.; Brodie, J.; Ross, J.; Wilting, A.; Duckworth, J.W. (2016). "Muntiacus atherodes". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T42189A22166396. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T42189A22166396.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ Meijaard, E. (1999). "The Bornean Tiger; Speculation on its Existence". Cat News. No. 30. pp. 12−15. ISSN 1027-2992.