Alces alces caucasicus Vereshchagin, 1955

Caucasian elk, Caucasian moose

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Possibly an invalid subspecies. Sometimes stated to be extant (Sipko and Kholodova, 2009).

 

Conservation Status

Extinct

Last record: 1810 or later

IUCN RedList status: Extinct

 

There is much uncertainty as to when this subspecies went extinct. Different sources variously quote early 19th century, mid 19th century or early 20th century.

 

Distribution

Caucasus region, Europe

 

Biology & Ecology

 

 

Hypodigm

 

 

Media

 

 

References

Original scientific description:

Vereshchagin, N. (1955). L’elan du Caucase (Alces alces caucasicus n. ssp.) et matériaux pour l’historie des élans dans le Caucase. Zoologische Zhurnal 34(2): 460–463 (in Russian).

 

Other references:

Danilkin, A. A. (1999). The Deer (Cervidae), Mammals of Russia and Adjacent Regions. Moscow, Russia. (In Russian).

Henttonen, H., Stubbe, M., Maran, T. & Tikhonov A. (2008). Alces alces. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. (http://www.iucnredlist.org). Downloaded on 23 October 2011.

Sipko, Taras P. and Kholodova, Marina V. (2009). Fragmentation of Eurasian moose populations during periods of population depression. Alces 45: 25-34.

Vereshchagin, Nikolai Kuzmich. (1967). The Mammals of the Caucasus: A History of the Evolution of the Fauna. Israel Program for Scientific Translations, Jerusalem. 816 pp. (Translation by Vereshchagin N. K. 1959. Mlekopitayushchie Kavkaza: Istoriya formirovaniya fauny. Moscow-Leningrad. pp. 3-703).

 

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