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SPECIES Moschus leucogaster

Author:Hodgson, 1839.
Citation:J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 8: 203.
Common Name:Himalayan Musk Deer
Type Locality:"Cis and Trans Hemelayan regions"; "lofty mountains of the interior of Tibet ... On the Tibetan slopes of the Himanchal, Saturatus chiefly resides ...I have specimens of all three species [chrysogaster, leucogaster, saturatus] from Lassa and Digurchee, whilst my garden is seldom deprived of the ornament of several live families of the Saturatus of the Kachar [Alpine life-zone]" (Hodgson, 1842, J. Asiatic Soc. Bengal, 6:285) (Nepal, Himalayas).
Distribution:Himalayas of Bhutan, N India (incl. Sikkim), and Nepal.
Status:CITES Appendix I; ESA Endangered; IUCN Lower Risk (nt) as M. chrysogaster leucogaster.
Comments:Groves and Grubb (1987) and Groves et al. (1995) treated leucogaster as a separate species from M. chrysogaster, from which it differs in skull proportions; Grubb (1990) listed it as a Himalayan subspecies-group of M. chrysogaster.
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