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Lesser Mousedeer
   
   

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Order : CETARTIODACTYLA
Family : Tragulidae
Species : Tragulus kanchil

Head-Body Length : 42-49 cm
Tail Length : 6-9cm
Weight : 2.0-2.5 kg

This shy, diminutive, even-toed ungulate, measures less than 50 cm long. It ekes a living on the floor of primary and secondary forests feeding on leaves, shoots, fruits and sometimes fungi. It is mainly crepuscular (i.e. active early morning and late afternoon), but is sometimes nocturnal.

The fur is mainly reddish-brown, with white markings on the neck, and the underparts are pale. The legs are delicate and slender, the body arched, and the tail usually tucked beneath the hind-quarters. Males have protruding canines.

The species is identified by the characteristic inverted chevron pattern on the throat and upper chest.

The species ranges from southern China, Indochina (Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia) and Thailand through Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore to Sumatra and Borneo.


Fig 1 : A male Lesser Mousedeer in secondary forest, Singapore. Note the small protruding canines.

Fig 2 : Another example from Singapore. It lacks protruding canines and is probably a female.

Fig 3 : This animal was active at night in an area of degraded forest edge habitat.

Fig 4 : Another example from Singapore, sheltering in a thicket at night.


References : M1, M2