- Philippine Mouse-deer
name = Philippine Mouse-deer
status = EN
status_system = iucn3.1
trend = down
image_width = 200px
genus = "
species = "T. nigricans"
binomial = "Tragulus nigricans"
binomial_authority = Thomas,
synonyms = "Tragulus napu nigricans" "Muntiacus nigricans"
The Philippine Mouse-deer ("Tragulus nigricans"), also known as the Balabac Mouse Deer or Pilandok (in Filipino), is a small,
nocturnal ruminant, which is endemic to Balabacand nearby smaller islands south-west of Palawanin the Philippines. It has often been considered a subspeciesof the Greater Mouse Deer("T. napu"). Contrary to its common name, the Philippine mouse deer does not belong to the deer family Cervidae, but is a member of the chevrotainfamily.
Anatomy and morphology
It has a brown coat with black and white stripes. The Philippine Mouse-deer is only 40 centimeters at the shoulder level and is thereby one of the smallest
ungulates. The male of its species does not have any antlerslike a real deer. They use their large, tusk-like canine teeth on the upper jaw for self-defense.
Ecology and life history
The Philippine Mouse-deer is usually portrayed as a
tricksterin Philippine folklore. In a Maranaotale, the Philippine Mouse-deer tricks a prince into giving up his bag of gold and face a hive of angry bees.
* [http://www.iucnredlist.org/search/details.php/22065/summ| UCN Red List of Threatened Species: Tragulus napu ssp. nigricans]
* [http://www.biolib.cz/en/taxon/id299899| BioLib - Tragulus nigricans (Balabac mouse deer)]
* [http://www.txtmania.com/trivia/smallest.php Smallest in the Philippines]
* [http://folklore.philsites.net/stories/laughter1.html Tales of Laughter - Pilandok and the Sumusong-sa-Alongan]
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