A silver-backed chevrotain, was caught on a camera trap, as it were, over the forest. (Credit: Originally published on Live Science.)
A small creature that looks to be part-deer, part of the mouse has not been seen in nearly 30 years. Now, with a suite of camera traps, researchers have been trapped in the silver-backed chevrotain, also known as the Vietnam mouse-deer meandering across the tree filled the house.
With its distinctive, silver-the line of its back, starting just behind the shoulders, with the silver-backed chevrotain (Tragulus versicolor), looks a bit like a deer, but it was the size of a large cat. The species is thought to be endemic to Vietnam, and it was first described in the early part of the 20th century, and again in the 1990’s. Since then, the silver-backed chevrotain, had been “missing.”
“There is no reason to believe that it was dead, but at the same time, we didn’t know that it’s not dead,” said Andrew Tilker, who was an officer of the Asiatic species, Global Wildlife Conservation and is a phd candidate at the Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin, germany. “Not a scientist, or a naturalist, and had some clue as to whether it was still there,” said Tilker, who is the senior author of a new study describing the findings.
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As a part of a Global Wildlife Conservation’s Quest for the Lost a Kind of the initiative, the researchers have to search out for the silver-backed chevrotain. An Nguyen, an associate conservation scientist at Global Wildlife Conservation and is a phd candidate at the Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, has led to the search for him.
Nguyen and his team have travelled to Vietnam and met with the villagers and forest guards have been reported to have seen animals similar to the silver-backed chevrotain, wandering about in the forests of the Greater annamites region in Vietnam and Laos, is known for its high concentration of endemic species.
The team had a hunch that some of these observations may, in fact, the silver-backed chevrotain, so that they are connected to the motion-activated camera-traps in the trees in the area described by the local people.
After five months, the researchers sifted through the images. As it turns out, the locals were right: researchers have found 275 images of the silver-backed chevrotain. Then, they will be more camera for the next five months, and ended up with 1,881 for more photos of the species.
The researchers are not sure how many of the people of this images, or to the question of whether the population is at risk.
The Greater annamites region has incredible biodiversity, with a high concentration of endemic species recently discovered by science, and we know very little about them,” Tilker said. But, just like the rest of Vietnam, the region is under threat due to habitat loss and illegal poaching with wire snares, he added.
“We don’t know if the silver-backed chevrotain, is being threatened by the capture of the press, because we don’t have enough information, but it is in the back of our minds as a potential threat … just because, again, it is very common,” Tilker said. So, right now, the team is hoping to find out more surveys when the species’ population is stable or is being threatened; and as the silver-backed chevrotain, is to be found in other parts of the Body.
“We want to understand how the endangered silver-backed chevrotain, is and will be for the development of evidence-based retention strategies, in order to protect it,” Tilker said. “As long as we do not implement the effort to protect this species, the next species to disappear, we can’t find you.”
The findings were published today (Nov. (11) in the journal, Nature, Ecology, & Evolution.
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Originally published on Live Science.