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Indian Muntjac, Muntiacus Muntjak: A Deer With a Low Diploid Chromosome Number

Indian Muntjac, Muntiacus Muntjak: A Deer With a Low Diploid Chromosome Number

D H Wurster et al. Science.

Abstract

The Indian muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak) has a diploid chromosome number of 7 in the male and 6 in the female, the lowest number yet described in a mammal. Its near relative, Reeve's muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) has a diploid number of 46, and the karyotypes of the two, species are very different.

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