Water Deer By Julio Jones  

What Is Taxonomy?

Taxonomy Is The Science Of Defining Groups of Biological Organisms On The Basis Of Shared Characteristics And Giving Names To Those Groups. These levels are called Taxon and they include Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species.

Taxonomy Of A Water Deer

Taxonomic Levels of a Water Deer:

Kingdom: Animalia- The Kingdom That Has All Animals In It.

Phylum: Chordata- Organisms In This Phylum Have A Skeleton Cord That Surrounds The Body, Nervous System, Gill Clefts, &&' Vertebrates.

Class: Mammalia- Mammal Has The Body Covered More With Hair.

Order: Artiodactyla- Organisms in This Order Have Special Toes That Are Hoofed And Even Numbered Of Toes.

Family: Cervidae- Natural Family Of Including Reindeer, Moose, Elks, Munjacts, And Roe Deer.

Genus: Hydroptes- A genus of deer consisting of a small Chinese species.

Special Facts: There Body Length Is 75-100cm, Female Deer Mature 7-8 Months, Male Deer Mature 5-6 Months.

Where Is The Water Deer Found?

Swampy, open grasslands in China and Korea. A large population of these deer reside in the English countryside, established by escapees form the Duke of Bedford's deer park, while a feral population has been introduced into France.

The Life Of A Water Deer

Active in the morning and evening, the water deer hides in dense vegetation for the rest of the day. If disturbed, the Chinese water deer flees in a series of rabbit-like hops, during which the back is humped in an exaggerated manner. They are excellent swimmers, and may swim for several kilometers when traveling between islets in search of food and shelter. Despite their solitary nature, Chinese water deer make a harsh warning bark, and if alarmed will emit a shrill shriek. Males are extremely territorial and mark their ranges with dung piles, as well as by rubbing their gland less foreheads against trees. This territory is very well defended, with all rival males being attacked on sight. These confrontations consist of the competitors standing nearly parallel to each other, with their heads at the other's shoulder. The heads are swung down repeatedly in an attempt to wound the neck and shoulder of the rival. These battles are often bloody, with strips of hair and skin being torn away. The fight is ended by the loser, who either lays their head and neck on the ground, or turns tail and is chased out of the territory.

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