Tragulus versicolor Thomas, 1910:535

Silver-backed chevrotain, Vietnamese mousedeer



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 2004 or slightly before


IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient



Viet Nam


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Thomas, O. 1910. Three new Asiatic mammals. The Annals and Magazine of Natural History (8) 5: 534-536.


Other references:

Corbet, G.B. and Hill, J.E. 1992. Mammals of the Indo-Malayan Region: a Systematic Review. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Kuznetzov, G.V. and Borissenko, A.V. 2004. A new record of Tragulus versicolor (Artiodactyla, Tagulidae) from Vietnam, and its sympatric occurrence with T. kanchil. Russian Journal of Theriology 3: 9-13.

Lydekker, Richard. (1915). Catalogue of the Ungulate Mammals in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. IV. Artiodactyla. London: British Museum. [p. 280]

Meijaard, E. and Groves, C.P. 2004. A taxonomic revision of the Tragulus mouse-deer (Artiodactyla). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 140: 63-102.

Meijaard, I. and Groves, C.P. 2004. A taxonomic revision of the Tragulus mouse-deer (Artiodactyla). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 140: 63-102.

Meijaard, I. and Groves, C.P. 2004. Morphometrical relationships between South-east Asian deer (Cervidae, tribe Cervini): evolutionary and biogeographic implications. Journal of Zoology 263: 179-196.

Nguyen, An et al. (2019). Camera-trap evidence that the silver-backed chevrotain Tragulus versicolor remains in the wild in Vietnam. Nature Ecology & Evolution. DOI: doi:10.1038/s41559-019-1027-7

Timmins, R.J. and Duckworth, J.W. 2000. Priorities for mammal conservation in the ROA: desk study for the Ecoregion-based conservation in the forests of the lower Mekong, biological assessment workshop. WWF Indochina Programme, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Timmins, R., Duckworth, J.W. & Meijaard, E. 2015. Tragulus versicolor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T136360A61978789. Downloaded on 29 May 2017.

Timmins, R.J. and Trinh Viet Cuong. 2001. An assessment of the conservation importance of the Huong Son (Annamite) forest, Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, based on the results of a field survey for large mammals and birds. Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA.

Timmins, R.J., Do Tuoc, Trinh Viet Cuong and Hendrichsen, D.K. 1999. A preliminary assessment of the conservation importance and conservation priorities of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang proposed National Park, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Fauna and Flora International-Indochina Programme, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Timmins, R.J., Evans, T.D., Khounboline, K. and Sisomphone, C. 1998. Status and conservation of the giant muntjac Megamuntiacus vuquangensis and notes on other muntjac species in Laos. Oryx 32: 59-67.

Timmins, R.J., Robichaud, W.G., Long, B., Hedges, S., Steinmetz, R., Abramov, A., Do Tuoc and Mallon, D. 2007. Pseudoryx nghetinhensis. In: 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Available at: (Accessed: 17 April 2008).


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