Sri Lankan spotted or white-spotted chevotrain (Moschiola meminna)
The Sri Lankan spotted chevotrain lives in deciduous vegetation formations, forests and home gardens, as well as coconut plantations, and other cultivated habitats in the dry zone of Sri Lanka (2), except for the southwestern quarter and the central mountain range (3). It is seldom far from water (4). The yellow-striped chevotrain (M. kathygre) replaces it in the wetzone of Sri Lanka (2).
It is 54-60 cm long and weighs about 3.13 kg as an adult. The dull dirt-brown coat has 3-4 dotted white stripes going longitudinally along the flank
It is nocturnal. There are 1-2 young in a litter. The newborn weighs about 319g.
Moschiola meminna also included the yellow-striped chevotrain (M. kathygre) and the Indian spotted chevotrain (M. indica).
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Sri Lankan spotted chevrotain
- Moschiola meminna redirects here. Before the 21st century, this usually referred to any species of Moschiola.
Moschiola meminna is a species of even-toed ungulate in the chevrotain family (Tragulidae). Particularly in the old literature, M. meminna often refers to the spotted chevrotains as a whole. Today, the name is increasingly restricted to the Sri Lankan spotted chevrotain or white-spotted chevrotain, with the Indian spotted chevrotain M. indica and/or the yellow-striped chevrotain M. kathygre treated as distinct species. Known as ශ්රී ලංකා සුදු තිත් මීමින්නා in Sinhala.
In Sri Lanka, this species is found in the dry zone and is replaced in the wet zone by the yellow-striped chevrotain.
Head and body length is 55-60cm. Dull dirt-brown in color with 3-4 dotted white stripes going longitudinally along flak
- Duckworth, J.W. & Timmins, R.J. (2008). Moschiola meminna. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 6 November 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.
- IUCN Redlist
- Groves, C. & Meijaard, E. (2005) Intraspecific variation in Moschiola, the Indian Chevrotain. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Supplement 12:413-421 PDF