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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 in India, Nepal and Bhutan. Two subspecies are recognized: \n* M. c. chrysogaster, Southern Tibet, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Nepal and Bhutan \n* M. c. sifanicus, Qinghai, Gansu, Ningxia, western Sichuan, and northwestern Yunnan Records from the Himalayan foothills are now considered a separate species, the Himalayan musk deer. Moschus chrysogaster is the state animal of Uttarakhand.
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Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Moschus chrysogaster

EDGE Analysis

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


Adult Weight [1]  24.251 lbs (11.00 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  1.764 lbs (800 g)
Diet [2]  Herbivore
Diet - Plants [2]  100 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Female Maturity [1]  1 year 9 months
Gestation [1]  6 months 8 days
Litter Size [1]  1
Litters / Year [1]  1
Nocturnal [3]  Yes


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

Prey / Diet Overlap


Homo sapiens (man)[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zool. Park

Range Map


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

External References



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
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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