Dwarf Brocket

Dwarf Brocket
Dwarf Brocket
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Suborder: Ruminantia
Family: Cervidae
Genus: Mazama
Species: M. chunyi
Binomial name
Mazama chunyi
Hershkovitz, 1959

The Dwarf Brocket (Mazama chunyi), or Chunyi, is a small species of deer[2] native to the Andean highlands in western Bolivia and south-eastern Peru, where found in forest and páramo. Its pelage is redddish-brown with dark grey foreparts and neck. The underparts are lighter brown, and the muzzle short and thick. It weighs approximately 11 kilograms.[3]

A little studied species of brocket deer, the IUCN considers the Dwarf Brocket as Vulnerable.[1] Research has occurred in the forests of Bolivia, expanding known localities and modelling geographic distribution; while as much as 40% of the habitat was degraded or fragmented, the rest showed good conservation. This led to the recommendation of treating it as Vulnerable.[4]


  1. ^ a b Rumiz, D.I. & Barrio, J. (2008). Mazama chunyi. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 10 April 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of vulnerable.
  2. ^ Grubb, Peter (16 November 2005). "Order Artiodactyla (pp. 637-722)". In Wilson, Don E., and Reeder, DeeAnn M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2 vols. (2142 pp.). ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3/browse.asp?id=14200246. 
  3. ^ Trolle, Mogens; Louise H. Emmons. "A record of a dwarf brocket from lowland Madre de Dios, Peru". Amazon Conservation Association. Archived from the original on 2007-06-07. http://web.archive.org/web/20070607145059/http://www.amazonconservation.org/home/News+-+dwarf+deer.htm. Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  4. ^ Rumiz, D. I.; E. Pardo; C.F. Eulert; R. Arispe; R.B. Wallace; H. Gómez; B. Ríos-Uzeda (April 2007). "New records and a status assessment of a rare dwarf brocket deer from the montane forests of Bolivia". Journal of Zoology 271 (4): 428–436. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.2006.00226.x. http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1469-7998.2006.00226.x. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 

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