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Moschus chrysogaster (alpine musk deer)

Wikipedia Abstract

The alpine musk deer (Moschus chrysogaster) is a species of musk deer. It occurs in the highlands of central China, south and west to the Himalayas. Two subspecies are recognized:M. c. chrysogaster, southern TibetM. c. sifanicus, Qinghai, Gansu, Ningxia, western Sichuan, and northwestern YunnanRecords from the Himalayan foothills are now considered a separate species, the Himalayan musk deer.
View Wikipedia Record: Moschus chrysogaster

Infraspecies

Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Moschus chrysogaster

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
2
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
49
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 5.51
EDGE Score: 3.95

Attributes

Adult Weight [1]  24.25 lbs (11.00 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  1.76 lbs (800 g)
Female Maturity [1]  1 year 9 months
Diet [2]  Herbivore
Diet - Plants [2]  100 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Gestation [1]  6 months 8 days
Litter Size [1]  1
Litters / Year [1]  1
Nocturnal [3]  Yes

Ecoregions

Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Use
Alashan Plateau semi-desert China, Mongolia Palearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Central China loess plateau mixed forests China Palearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Central Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe China Palearctic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Eastern Himalayan alpine shrub and meadows Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal Palearctic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Eastern Himalayan broadleaf forests India, Nepal Indo-Malayan Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Eastern Himalayan subalpine conifer forests Bhutan, India, Nepal Indo-Malayan Temperate Coniferous Forests
Helanshan montane conifer forests China Palearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Hengduan Mountains subalpine conifer forests China Palearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Mizoram-Manipur-Kachin rain forests Myanmar, India, Bangladesh Indo-Malayan Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Northeastern Himalayan subalpine conifer forests China, India, Bhutan Palearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Northern Indochina subtropical forests China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam Indo-Malayan Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Northern Triangle subtropical forests Myanmar Indo-Malayan Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Nujiang Langcang Gorge alpine conifer and mixed forests China Palearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Ordos Plateau steppe China Palearctic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Qaidam Basin semi-desert China Palearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Qilian Mountains conifer forests China Palearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Qilian Mountains subalpine meadows China Palearctic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Qin Ling Mountains deciduous forests China Palearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Qionglai-Minshan conifer forests China Palearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Southeast Tibet shrub and meadows China Palearctic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Taklimakan desert China Palearctic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Tibetan Plateau alpine shrub and meadows China Palearctic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Yarlung Tsangpo arid steppe China Palearctic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Yunnan Plateau subtropical evergreen forests China Palearctic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Great Himalayan National Park II 184040 Himachal Pradesh, India
Nanda Devi National Park II 161583 Uttaranchal, India  
Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve 37634150 Qinghai, China      

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Himalaya Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan No
Indo-Burma Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam No
Mountains of Southwest China China, Myanmar No

Prey / Diet

Abies pindrow (West Himalayan Fir)[4]
Ainsliaea aptera[4]
Berberis vulgaris (epine-vinette commune)[4]
Dipsacus inermis[4]
Fragaria vesca (Wild Strawberry)[4]
Gaultheria nummularioides[4]
Gaultheria trichophylla (Himalayan snowberry)[4]
Helianthus laetiflorus[4]
Koenigia polystachya (Himalyan knotweed)[4]
Leibnitzia nepalensis[4]
Quercus semecarpifolia[4]
Rhododendron campanulatum[4]
Rubus pedunculosus[4]
Selinum vaginatum[4]
Skimmia laureola[4]
Swertia cordata[4]
Trillium govanianum[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Alectoris chukar (Chukar Partridge)1
Bison bonasus (European bison)1
Lygocoris pabulinus (Common Green Capsid)1
Macaca mulatta (rhesus monkey)1
Naemorhedus goral (goral)1
Plagiognathus arbustorum1

Predators

Homo sapiens (man)[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

    Maps
Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zool. Park

Range Map

Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China); Southern Asia;

Photos

Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at animaldiversity.org
4Food plants and feeding habits of Himalayan ungulates, Anjali Awasthi, Sanjay Kr. Uniyal, Gopal S. Rawat and S. Sathyakumar, CURRENT SCIENCE, VOL. 85, NO. 6, 25 SEPTEMBER 2003
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
Le Saout, S., Hoffmann, M., Shi, Y., Hughes, A., Bernard, C., Brooks, T.M., Bertzky, B., Butchart, S.H.M., Stuart, S.N., Badman, T. & Rodrigues, A.S.L. (2013) Protected areas and effective biodiversity conservation. Science, 342, 803–805
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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