Preliminary Study On Morphological Characteristics Of Cervus Timorensis In Malaysia
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- October 22, 2021
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Ernie-Muneerah, M.A.,Salleh, S.I. ,Mastura. Y. ,Nurul Aizzati, N. & Mohd-Hafiz, A.R.
Cervus timorensis or locally known as Timor Deer and Java deer is believed to be native to Java and Bali in Indonesia. It has been introduced into other countries for decades, including Malaysia in the year 1990. Cervus timorensis was listed in IUCN Red List as Vulnerable because its total native population in Indonesia is estimated to be fewer than 10,000 mature individuals. Although listed as vulnerable, a study showed that the population in Malaysia does not suffer from ill effects of inbreeding . Most farmers rear Cervus timorensis for their exotic meat which has a high economic value. As there is a dearth of information on the performance of Cervus timorensis in Malaysia, this preliminary paper reports on the basic morphological characteristics of this deer breed.