marsh deer (Blastocerus dichotomus)
Marsh Deer, Esteros Del Ibera, Corrientes, Argentina, 3rd. Jan. 2011
Date 4 January 2011, 09:21
Source Marsh Deer, Esteros Del Ibera, Corrientes, Argentina, 3rd. Jan. 2011
Author Phillip Capper from Wellington, New Zealand http://www.flickr.com/people/42033648@N00
The marsh deer (Blastocerus dichotomus) is the largest deer species from South America reaching a length of 2 m and a shoulder height of 1.2 m. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. Formerly found in much of tropical and subtropical South America, it ranged east of the Andes, south from the Amazon rainforest, west of the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest and north of the Argentinian Pampa. The latter half of its scientific name refers to the forked antlers. Marsh deer resemble the North American mule deer or blacktail deer.
Species: Blastocerus dichotomus (Illiger, 1815)