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Hippocamelus antisensis (d’Orbigny, ) is a cervid commonly called taruca or taruka and is 1 of 2 species in the genus Hippocamelus. It is a medium-sized. Tarucas (Hippocamelus antisensis) live in rocky areas in the Andes, from northern Peru to northern Argentina. Microhistological analyses on. Learn more about the Taruca – with amazing Taruca photos and facts on Arkive.

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Taruca or Andean deer (Hippocamelus antisensis) in habitat, Peru.

Key Behaviors motile migratory social Communication and Perception Perception Channels tactile chemical Food Habits The Andean Deer is a herbivore, and its diet is composed mostly of sedges and grasses found between the rocks on high peaks. Indian spotted chevrotain M. Reproduction is seasonal and rutting peaks in June and July during the driest season.

Tarucas, or taruca signs, were found in all areas sampled.

In other words, Central and South America. The Andean deer positively benefits humans by being a source of food.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Abstract Ecological and behavioral observations of a little-known high-Andean deer, the taruca Hippocamelus antisensisare reported from the Lake Titicaca basin, southern Peru. There is space displacement of tarucas by cattle, as has been found in Rio Abiseo National Park [ 7 ], but no antisdnsis on feeding competition has been done between domestic stock and tarucas.


Hyemoschus Water chevrotain H. A total of 20 samples were analyzed in and 17 in Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Please donate to Arkive Help us share the wonders of the natural world. Here we widen the scope on taruca feeding ecology during the rainy season in the southern part of Huascaran National Anfisensis, Peru, and provide data on its feeding ecology during the nonbreeding dry season at a sheep production ranch inside the Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve, Peru, and on the relative use of tarucas of areas in its patchy distribution.

View at Google Scholar J. The pen cap is displayed for size comparison. Fifty-seven plant species out of around 65 plant species present in the area and one hundred and one pellet groups were collected in Quebrada Rajucolta, Huascaran National Park in the yearto use them for the microhistological analysis.

There is an integral relationship between reproduction and antler antiwensis. Tarucas are medium-sized deer with heavy bodies. Plant species accumulation curve based on number of analyzed samples.

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This indicates that the taruca bippocamelus not have a specialized hippicamelus on few plant species or on a specific group of plants. The slides were observed through a binocular microscope with 40 and x magnification. While fleeing they will often place an obstacle between themselves and the predator Geist The density was estimated by the population size of tarucas in each area number of different individuals sighted plus the ones inferred by tracksdivided by the area used.


This segregation lasts for about 30 days Geist As was antiisensis explained, the estimation of plant abundances does not allow for calculations on food preferences by the taruca given that plant species ingestion is not proportional to defecation [ 32 ]. Economic Importance for Humans: Tarucas are found only in the Andes mountains, from central Peruthrough Bolivia and extreme north-eastern Chileand into northern Argentina. MyARKive offers the scrapbook feature to signed-up members, allowing you to organize your favourite Arkive images and videos and share them with friends.

The Andean deer has a stocky, thick, and short-legged body. View at Google Scholar W. Other Physical Features endothermic bilateral symmetry Range mass 45 low kg Antlers in large males measure 22 to 27cm.

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The tissues were photographed through the microscope yippocamelus create the reference pattern e. Double-banded plover Charadrius bicinctus. Plant species were later identified at the herbarium of the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina and classified based on the Magnoliophyta classification system from Cronquist [ 24 ].