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Calamian deer

Calamian deer
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Suborder: Ruminantia
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Cervinae
Genus: Hyelaphus
Species: H. calamianensis
Binomial name
Hyelaphus calamianensis
(Heude, 1888)

The Calamian deer, Hyelaphus calamianensis, also known as Calamian hog deer, is an endangered species of deer found only in the Calamian Islands of Palawan province of the Philippines. It is one of three species of deer native to the Philippines, the other being the Philippine sambar and Visayan spotted deer.

A typical height for males of 60–65 cm has been reported. Males have three-tined antlers.

Their fawns are not spotted at birth, which separates them from the best known western population of the hog deer (H. porcinus).

There are few natural predators except for birds of prey and pythons.

See also

References

  1. ^ Oliver, W., Widmann, P. & Lastica, E. (2008). Axis calamianensis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 8 April 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of endangered.
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