Sambar Deer (Cervus Unicolor)

Sambar Deer (Cervus Unicolor)

- in Mammal, Fauna

ITS–G-98-1-SAMBAR-RUSAThe Sambar Deer (Cervus unicolor) is also called by locals Rusa Kuda (horse Deer). They originate from South Asia and then spread from India to Myanmar, South China, Indonesia and the Philippines. There are a total of 16 sub species.

One sub species is the Cervus unicolor niger, found in India, the biggest of all the species. The male can weigh up to 270 kilograms, stand between 1.3 to 1.4 meters tall. Its horn has six branches. Its skin is coloured brown.

Another sub-species, Cervus unicolor equinus found in Myanmar, South China, Indochina, Malaysia, and Sumatra, has a smaller physical build.

The sub-species Cervus unicolor brookei, residing in Kalimantan and in its adjacent islands, is smaller than the Cervus unicolor equinus. This deer lives from lowlands to a height of 3,000 meters above sea level.

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom         : Animalia

Phylum            : Chordata

Class                : Mammalia

Order               : Artiodactyla

Family             : Cervidae

Genus              : Cervus

Species            : C. unicolor

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