Habitat and Ecology
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
1) The last population assessment accounted for only 700 to 800 individuals living in the wild (Sheng 1998), though the basis for these numbers is not clear. However, if these numbers were correct at the time, and if there has been a subsequent significant decline, the species could perhaps also qualify for listing as Endangered under criteria C2a(i) or C2a(ii).
2) The distribution range of the species is not much greater than 5,000 kmÂ². It probably qualifies for listing as Vulnerable under criterion B1ab(iii,v).
Musk deer appear to require dense vegetation, either in the form of intact forests or shrublands; thus excessive forest clearing or grazing can preclude musk deer from using such lands (Yang et al. 2003).
Anhui musk deer
The Anhui musk deer (Moschus anhuiensis) is an endangered species of musk deer that is native to China. It was formerly described as a subspecies of Moschus berezovskii and Moschus moschiferus, but is now classified as a separate species.
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