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Philippine deer

Summary
The Philippine deer (Rusa marianna), also known as the Philippine sambar or Philippine brown deer, is a vulnerable deer species endemic to the Philippines. It was first described from introduced populations in the Mariana Islands, hence the specific name. Taxonomy Cervus mariannus was the scientific name proposed by Anselme Gaëtan Desmarest in 1822. It was subordinated to the genus Rusa. Four subspecies are currently recognized:
  • R. m. marianna in Luzon biogeographic region
  • R. m. barandana in Mindoro
  • R. m. nigella in isolated upland areas of Mindanao
  • R. m. nigricans in lowland sites of Mindanao
Characteristics The Philippine brown deer is relatively smaller than its relative, the sambar deer. Its head-and-body length and shoulder height measures , and , respectively. Its weight usually ranges from 40 to 60 kg. Generally, its color is brown with white tail underside
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