Central Asian red deer

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Central Asian red deer
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Captive stag in Speyside Wildlife Park, United Kingdom
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Cervinae
Genus: Cervus
C. hanglu
Binomial name
Cervus hanglu
Wagner, 1844

The Central Asian red deer (Cervus hanglu) is a deer species with a sparse distribution in Central Asia. It is considered possibly extirpated from Pakistan. It is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. [1] It was first described in the mid-19th century. [2]



The Central Asian red deer's fur is light ginger in colour. [2]


The scientific name Cervus hanglu was proposed by Johann Andreas Wagner in 1844 for a deer specimen from Kashmir that differed from the red deer (Cervus elaphus) in the shape and points of the antlers. [2] In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the following red deer specimens from Central Asia were described:

In 1951, John Ellerman and Terence Morrison-Scott recognised all these specimens as subspecies of the red deer. [8] In 2005, Peter Grubb also considered the proposed taxa as subspecies of the red deer. [9]

IUCN Red List assessors provisionally recognised its status as a distinct species in 2017; [1] this decision was supported by the American Society of Mammalogists in 2021. [10] The Central Asian red deer is thought to comprise three subspecies:


An analysis of mitochondrial DNA of 125 tissue samples from 50 populations of the genus Cervus included two samples from Tajikistan and three from western China. The results supported the classification of the red deer populations in Central Asia as two distinct red deer subspecies. [11] Results of a subsequent phylogenetic analysis of Cervinae tissue samples indicated that deer samples from Central Asia form a distinct clade and warrant to be raised to species level. [12] The Central Asian red deer group appears to have genetically diverged from the European red deer group during the Chibanian period between 770,000 and 126,000 years ago. [13]

The first phylogenetic analysis using hair samples of the deer population in Dachigam National Park in Jammu and Kashmir was published in 2015. Results showed that these samples form a subcluster within the Central Asian red deer group; they are genetically closer to this group than to the European red deer. [14]

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