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Mammals of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Lesser mouse-deer

Binomial name: Tragulus kanchil, Thomas Stamford Raffles, 1821

The lesser mouse-deer or kanchil (Tragulus kanchil), also known as the lesser Malay chevrotain, is a species of even-toed ungulate in the Tragulidae family. It is found in Indochina, Burma (isthmus of Kra), Brunei, Cambodia, China (S Yunnan), Indonesia (Kalimantan, Sumatra, and many small islands), Laos, Malaysia (peninsular Malaya, Sarawak, and many small islands), Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. It is the smallest known hoofed mammal, at a mature size as little as around 45 cm (18 inches) and 2 kg (4.4 lb). It is threatened by predation by feral dogs.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Tragulidae
Genus
Tragulus
Species
Tragulus kanchil

Common names

  • English:
    • Lesser Indo-Malayan chevrotain
    • Lesser Malay chevrotain
    • Lesser mouse-deer
    • Lesser Oriental chevrotain
    • Mouse deer
  • French:
    • Chevrotain kanchil
    • Petit tragul malais

Synonyms

  • Tragulus natunae, Gerrit Smith Miller, Jr (1903)
  • Tragulus pallidus, Gerrit Smith Miller, Jr (1901)
  • Moschus kanchil, Thomas Stamford Raffles (1821)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Photos

Lesser mouse-deer - Kaeng Krachan NP
Lesser mouse-deer - Kaeng Krachan NP
Lesser mouse-deer - Kaeng Krachan NP

Range Map

Distribution map of Lesser mouse-deer, Tragulus kanchil in Thailand
Range map of Tragulus kanchil in Thailand