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



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.


Sika Deer Alpine Grassland Mixed Deciduous Forest Clouded Leopard Flying Squirrel 
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© Hiroaki Soma 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyNational Taiwan Normal UniversityTaipei 117Taiwan, Republic of China

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