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What Is The Scientific Name Of Visayan Spotted Deer? (ANSWER)

SCIENTIFIC NAME OF VISAYAN SPOTTED DEER – In this topic, we are going to know and identify the scientific name of Visayan spotted deer.

SCIENTIFIC NAME OF VISAYAN SPOTTED DEER
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Also known as the Philippine spotted deer or Prince Alfred’s deer. It is a nocturnal species of deer which is found in the rainforests of the Visayan islands of Panay and Negros. It belongs to the deer family Cervidae.

It is one of the three endemic deer species in the Philippines. The deer falls under the Endangered category in the IUCN Red List.

Its diet consists of various types of grasses, leaves, and buds within the forest, which is its primary indicator of its habitat.

It is a small and short-legged deer, albeit being the largest endemic species of deer in Visayas. It can be easily distinguished from other species of deer in the Philippines by the A pattern of beige spots.

Other features of this species include cream underparts and white fur on the chin and lower lip. and a lighter brown head and neck.

Answer

The binomial name of Visayan spotted deer is Rusa alfredi.

Rusa is a genus of southern Asian deers in the deer family Cervidae. It is derived from the Hindi term rūsā.

The specific name alfredi, on the other hand, was derived from Prince Alfred or specifically, Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha since the other name of the deer is Prince Alfred’s deer.

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