The Biology and Management of Capricornis and Related Mountain Antelopes

pp 125-133

A preliminary study on the ecology of Formosan serow Capricornis crispus swinhoei

  • Kuang Yang LueAffiliated withDepartment of Biology, National Taiwan Normal University

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Due to the small surface area of Taiwan, there are only few species of big mammals on the island. Large herbivorous animals found in Taiwan include sambar deer (Cervus unicolor), sika deer (Cervus taiouanus), barking deer (Muntiacus reevesii) and Formosan serow (Capricornis crispus swinhoei). Formosan serow is a subspecies endemic to Taiwan. Morphologically there is little difference between Formosan serow and Japanese serow. In body size, the animal in Taiwan is smaller than the one in Japan. In addition, the Formosan serow is covered with shorter, dark brown hairs. The colour is light brown on the chin, throat and neck.