Monday, 15 January 2007

Sika Deer (Cervus nippon)

Adult Sika Deer (subspecies C. n. yesoensis) at Akkeshi, Japan - December 2014

OTHER NAMES: Spotted Deer, Japanese Deer
Local Name (Japan): Nihonjika (ニホンジカ) - "Japan Deer"
Featured Subspecies: Ezo Deer - Cervus nippon yesoensis
Weight: 45-109kg
Length: 95-180cm
UK STATUS NOT EVALUTATED IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Sika Deer are the closest relation of the Red Deer and native to the Far East of Asia.  In addition to their close relationship, the Sika Deer in Japan has also benefited from the eradication of wolves in its native range, meaning that its population has exploded mostly unchecked except for humans.  The Sika deer has also been introduced into the UK in several places, and there are a number of feral populations present, some of which have been interbreeding with native red deer.

Related Species:
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Cervidae
Genus: Cervus
Subspecies: C. n. aplodontusC. n. grassianusC. n. keramae, C. n. kopschiC. n. mandarinusC. n. mantchuricusC. n. nipponC. n. pseudaxisC. n. pulchellusC. n. sichuanicusC. n. soloensisC. n. taioanus, C. n. yesoensis

 - Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Widespread resident
 - TOKYO/HOKKAIDO 2014 TRIP: Several seen from train near Akkeshi 

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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