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Kashmir musk deer

Kashmir musk deer
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetartiodactyla
Family: Moschidae
Genus: Moschus
Species: M. cupreus
Binomial name
Moschus cupreus
Grubb, 1982 [1]

The Kashmir musk deer (Moschus cupreus) is an endangered species of musk deer native to Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan. This species was originally described as a subspecies to the alpine musk deer, but is now classified as a separate species. The deer stand at 60 cm (2.0 ft) tall, and only males have tusks and they use them during mating season to compete for females.

The Kashmir musk deer, which is one of seven similar species found throughout Asia, is endangered due to habitat loss and also because of poachers hunting the animal for its prized scent glands.[2] It is listed as an endangered species in Pakistan.

No musk deer had been seen from 1948 until 2008. In 2014, at least three were reported to be spotted in surveys conducted in 2008 and 2009 in Nuristan, Afghanistan.[3] A recent survey by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has revealed at least three of the creatures are currently living on the Afghanistan's rugged north-eastern slopes.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b Timmins, R.J. & Duckworth, J.W. (2008). "Moschus cupreus".  
  2. ^ "Elusive fanged deer spotted for 1st time in 66 years". 
  3. ^ Ostrowski, Stephane; Haqiq Rahmani; Jan Mohammad Ali; Rita Ali; Peter Zahler (2014). "Musk deer Moschus cupreus persist in the eastern forests of Afghanistan". Oryx: 1–6.  
  4. ^ "Endangered 'vampire deer' spotted lurking in remote Afghanistan forest". 
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