Northern Pudu (Pudu mephistophiles)
Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 0925185
The Andes created numerous niches, as it is a complex ecosystem, separating populations that might have diverged into different species. As deer species from the montane rainforest of the eastern Andes are difficult to find and are poorly represented in mammal collections of Natural History Museums, some wait to be discovered. Therefore,several "deer morphs" undescribed to science should be analyzed genetically and morphologically.
The Northern Pudu (Pudu mephistophiles) is one of these species, as it has two allopatric populations, separated by a deep and wide dry area.
Project 0925185 location - Peru, South America