Nördlicher Pudu Pudu mephistophiles (De Winton, 1896)


English: Northern Pudu; French: Pudu du Nord; Argentina: Venadito de los páramos; Chile: Venadito; Quechua: taruka? Spanish: Ciervo enano.

Former distribution: As now.
Present distribution: Southern Colombia, northern Ecuador and northern Peru.
Behaviour: Preferred habitat: dense forests, swamp and tall grass, savanna areas from sea level up to 3-4000 m. They live in pairs or small groups, are mainly diurnal, and feed on grass, leaves, herbs and fruits. Predators are dogs and pumas.
Population status: Indeterminate. In some regions rare. Total numbers: no records.
Brief notes:
Body weight: Up to 9 kg
Head and body length: 75-85 cm
Tail length: 2.5-3.5 cm
Shoulder height: 38-45 cm
Gestation period: 210 days
Maximum age: No records
Trophy: No records.
Hunting methods: With dogs.
Subspecies: 2
1. Pudu m. mephistophiles Ecuador and Peru. Rare.
2. Pudu m. westmorei South Colombia. Rare.
Remarks: Threats to the survival of the Northern Pudu include habitat destruction and hunting, mainly with dogs.