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Tragulidae
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A Lesser Mouse-deer
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Artiodactyla
Family Tragulidae

Tragulidae is a family from the Artiodactyla order.Chevrotains, also known as mouse-deer, are small ungulates that make up the family Tragulidae.The extant species are found in forests in South and Southeast Asia, with a single species in the rainforests of Central and West Africa. Depending on exact species, the Asian species weigh between 0.7 and 8.0 kg (1.5 and 18 lb), and the smallest species are also the smallest ungulates in the world.The word chevrotain is French, and can be translated as "little goat".

AppearanceEdit

In other respects, however, they have primitive features, closer to non-ruminants such as pigs. All species in the family lack horns, but both genders have elongated canine teeth. These are especially prominent in males where they project out on either side of the lower jaw, and are used in fights. Their legs are short and thin, which leave them lacking in agility, but also helps to maintain a smaller profile to aid in running through the dense foliage of their environment.

GeneraEdit

Family Tragulidae

Genus Hyemoschus
 Water chevrotain, Hyemoschus aquaticus
Genus Moschiola
 Indian spotted chevrotain, Moschiola indica
 Sri Lankan spotted chevrotain, Moschiola meminna
 Yellow-striped chevrotain, Moschiola kathygre
Genus Tragulus
 Java mouse-deer, Tragulus javanicus
 Lesser Mouse-deer or kanchil, Tragulus kanchil
 Greater mouse-deer, Tragulus napu
 Philippine mouse-deer, Tragulus nigricans
 Vietnam mouse-deer, Tragulus versicolor
 Williamson's mouse-deer, Tragulus williamsoni
Genus †Dorcatherium
 †Dorcatherium minus 
 †Dorcatherium majus 
 †Dorcatherium nani
Genus †Dorcabune
 †Dorcabune anthracotherioides 
 †Dorcabune nagrii 
Genus †Afrotragulus 
 †Afrotragulus moruorotensis 
 †Afrotragulus parvus 
Genus †Siamotragulus
 †Siamotragulus sanyathanai 
 †Siamotragulus haripounchai 
Genus †Yunnanotherium
Genus †Archaeotragulus
 †Archaeotragulus krabiensis

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