Lesser Mouse-deer Tragulus javanicus

Lesser Mouse-deer
Lesser Mouse-deer
Lesser Mouse-deer
Mouse-deer (also Mouse Deer and Chevrotain) are very small deer-like animals native to Southeast Asia (and related to Chevrotains of India/Sri Lanka and Africa). In 2004 the Lesser Mouse-deer, also called Malay Lesser M-d and Javan Chevrotain, a shy, crespuscular mouse-deer, was split into 3 species: "javanicus" was then applied only to the mouse-deer native to tropical rain forests of Java, Indonesia (renamed the Java Mouse-deer, above).
Lesser Mouse-deer
Lesser Mouse-deer
Lesser Mouse-deer
One of the others previously included in "T. javanicus" became "T. kanchil", applied to the mouse-deer over much of the Malay Peninsula and retaining the name Lesser Malay Mouse-deer (shown below left). This species was now the smallest of the Mouse-deer/Chevrotain species.
Kanchil Tragulus kanchil
Lesser Mouse-deer Long tusks and tongue
Lesser Mouse-deer
Mouse-deer (and Chevrotains) are primitive deer-like animals which don't have antlers or horns but both male and female have extended canine teeth like small tusks, longer in the male. They have 4 toes on each hoofed foot and are solitary or paired. The Lesser Mouse-deer is the world's second smallest hoofed mammal at up to 30cm (12 inches) tall with a rabbit-sized body and stick-thin, short legs (the Royal Antelope, at 25cm or 10 inches tall and slightly shorter head/body length is the smallest ungulate).