Tufted Deer Male Skull


The Tufted Deer (Elaphodus cephalophus) is a small species of deer characterized by a prominent tuft of black hair on its forehead and fang-like canines for the males.

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Tufted Deer Male Skull Replica measures 7.8 in. Tufted Deer Male Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast made in USA. Polyurethane cast of an original California Academy of Sciences specimen. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

The tufted deer or Elaphodus cephalophus is similar to a muntjac in appearance, but the longer necks and legs give it a slightly leaner appearance.

The coat is coarse with short and stiff hairs, being almost black in the winter and chocolate brown in the summer. The lips, tip of the ears, and the underside of the tails are white.

A tuft of horseshoe-shaped hair is present on the forehead and upper neck, being brown to black, and can be up to 6.7 in. long. The most striking feature is the fang-like canines in the males of the species. These can grow up to 1.0 in. long.

The tufted deer or Elaphodus cephalophus is a small deer standing at 20 to 28 in. at the shoulder, and the weight varies from 37 to 66 lbs. The tail is short at around 3.9 in. The antler is only present in males and is extremely short, almost hidden by its long tuft of hair.

The tufted deer or Elaphodus cephalophus is found mainly in China, where it occurs in the south from eastern coast to eastern Tibet. The tufted deer inhabits high, damp forests at 1,600 to 14,800 feet above sea level, close to the tree line.

It is a timid animal and prefer places with good cover, where it is well camouflaged. It can be easily disturbed and, when alarmed, it will let out a bark before fleeing, moving in cat-like jumps.

It is a close relative of the muntjac, living somewhat further north over a wide area of central China northeastern Myanmar. Suffering from over hunting and habitat loss. The tufted deer or Elaphodus cephalophus is considered near-threatened.

It is the only member of the genus Elaphodus. It is restricted to forested mountain habitat up to 4500 m above sea level, making study difficult.

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Additional information

Weight 12 lbs
Dimensions 7.8 in
Tufted Deer Facts:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Cervinae
Genus: Elaphodus
Species: E. cephalophus
Binomial name: Elaphodus cephalophus
Conservation status: Near Threatened