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SPECIES Moschus chrysogaster

Author:Hodgson, 1839.
Citation:J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 8: 203.
Common Name:Alpine Musk Deer
Type Locality:"Cis and Trans Hemelayan regions"; "lofty mountains of the interior of Tibet, especially towards the Chinese frontier, where the first and loveliest, or Chrysogaster, is almost exclusively found I have specimens of all three species [chrysogaster, leucogaster, saturatus] from Lassa and Digurchee" (Hodgson, 1842, J. Asiatic Soc. Bengal, 6:285). (China, Tibetan Plateau).
Distribution:Bhutan, S and C China (S Gansu, S Ningxia, Qinghai, W Sichuan, S Tibet, and N Yunnan), N India (Sikkim), and Nepal.
Status:CITES Appendix I in Bhutan, India and Nepal; otherwise Appendix II; U.S. ESA Endangered in Bhutan, China (Yunnan and Tibet), India and Nepal; IUCN Lower Risk (nt).
Comments:A well defined species; see Groves (1976) and Gao (1963), under the name sifanicus, which should be included in M. chrysogaster (see Grubb, 1982a). However, "chrysogaster" of Cai and Feng (1981) is subspecifically or specifically distinct and available name for this taxon may be leucogaster Hodgson, 1839; see Grubb (1982a).
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