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Indian Muntjac - Asia

Muntiacus muntjak

Muntjac, Ciervo ladrador (Sp), Indo-Malaiischer Muntjac, Bellhirsch (G), Muntjac des Indes (F). Also called common muntjac, red muntjac, barking deer and rib-faced deer. Muntjac is its name in the Sunda language of Java.

DESCRIPTION (male) Shoulder height 22-23 inches (56-58 cm). Weight 40-50 pounds (18-23 kg). The female is somewhat smaller.

A large muntjac with comparatively large antlers and long, bony, hair-covered pedicels. The antlers are slightly curved and usually there is one short secondary tine near the base. The coat is short and soft, the color varying with the race, but typically is a deep chestnut, darker on the back and lightening to almost white on the underparts. Coloration is slightly darker in winter. A dark line runs up the center of each horn pedicel. (Indian muntjacs from Indonesia and Malaya are a deep mahogany red with dark brown legs. Those from the Indian peninsula, Sri Lanka, Indochina and Yunnan are yellower, with little or no dark on the legs.) The upper canine teeth of the male are elongated into tusks that project from the lips. Females do not have tusks and have small, bony knobs and hair tufts in place of antlers.

BEHAVIOR Usually solitary, although as many as four are sometimes seen together. There is no fixed mating season and fawns (normally one) may be born at any time of year. Mainly active at twilight, feeding on grasses, leaves, shoots and fallen fruit. A dainty creature that lifts its feet high when walking. Runs with a characteristic hunched posture. Always alert. The male has a remarkably loud bark, which it may continue for an hour or more when alarmed or during the rut.

HABITAT Forests and areas of dense vegetation, generally not far from water. Found at altitudes from sea level to 8,000 feet (2,400 m), though usually at middle elevations.

DISTRIBUTION India eastward through Indochina and Hainan Island; southeastern China; and the islands of Sumatra, Bangka, Belitung (Billiton), Borneo, Java, Bali and Lombok.

TAXONOMIC NOTES Whitehead lists 15 subspecies: annamensis (southeastern Indochina), aureus (central India), bancanus (Bangka and Belitung islands), curvostylis (Thailand), grandicornis (southern Myanmar [Burma]), malabaricus (southern India and Sri Lanka), montanus (western and central Sumatra), muntjak (southern Sumatra and Java), nainggolani (Bali and Lombok islands), nigripes (black-footed muntjac of northern Laos, northern Vietnam and Hainan), peninsulae (Malay Peninsula), pleiharicus (southwestern Borneo), robinsoni (Riau and Lingga islands), rubidus (northeastern Borneo), and vaginalis (large Indian muntjac of northern India, Bangladesh, northern Indo-China and southern China). All are combined here, with muntjak Zimmerman, 1780 having priority.




Classifications


Indian Muntjac (typical) - Species Detail

Scientific Name: Muntiacus muntjak Gold: 18 7/16" Gold (Bow): 0"
AKA: Barking deer, rib-faced deer, red muntjac, common muntjac Silver: 16 3/16" Silver (Bow): 0"
Endangered: Bronze: 10" Bronze (Bow): 0"

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Indian Muntjac (non-typical) - Species Detail

Scientific Name: Muntiacus muntjak Gold: 13 3/16" Gold (Bow): 0"
AKA: Barking deer, rib-faced deer, red muntjac, common muntjac Silver: 0" Silver (Bow): 0"
Endangered: Bronze: 0" Bronze (Bow): 0"

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