Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54018

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Bovidae
Genus:Cervus
Genus species:Cervus duvauceli

Animal Characteristics

Height:119-124 cm
Weight:172-182 kg
Identification:The swamp deer is brown with yellowish undersides. Males may have a reddish tone during the warmer seasons.
Habitat:Swamps, grass areas close to water, forests
Diet:Herbivore: grasses, aquatic plants
Reproduction:Swamp deer mate from September to April. Gestation is 240-250 days long, with a peak of births in September and October. Each female has only one fawn each season.
Mixed groups form with 10-20 members. The males within these groups establish a hierarchy. The highest ranking males get to mate with the group's females.
Behavior:Swamp deer are active during both the day and at night.
Status:Endangered: habitat loss, hunted for crop protection
Interesting Facts:Another name for this animal is the Barasingha deer. 'Barasingha' is an Indian word that means 'twelve-tined' and refers to the prongs on the deer's antlers.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern parts of Central Asia Date:1966-05 Subjects:even-toed ungulate
Swamp deer
Barasingha deer
Cervus
Deer
Cervidae
Ruminants
Artiodactyla
Ungulates
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata