Tian Shan wapiti

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Tian Shan wapiti
(maral or elk)
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Cervinae
Genus: Cervus
Species:
Subspecies:
C. c. songaricus
Trinomial name
Cervus canadensis songaricus
(Erxleben, 1777) [1]

The Tian Shan wapiti or Tian Shan maral (Cervus canadensis songaricus), is a subspecies of C. canadensis. It is often called the Tian Shan elk in North American English.

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Description

It is native to the Tian Shan Mountains ranges, found in eastern Kyrgyzstan, southeastern Kazakhstan, and North Central Xinjiang of western China. It is the largest subspecies of Asian elk, both in body size and antlers.

Conservation

Around 50,000 individual Tian Shan elk are left in the wild, and they are declining at a rapid rate. China has about 4000 to 5000 individuals in deer farms.

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References

  1. Erxleben, J. C. P. (1777). Anfangsgründe der Naturlehre and Systema regni animalis.

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