Indian Momtjac, Muntiacus muntiak: A Deer with a Low Diploid Chromosome Number

Science  12 Jun 1970:
Vol. 168, Issue 3937, pp. 1364-1366
DOI: 10.1126/science.168.3937.1364


The Indian muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak) has a diploid chromosome number of 7 in the male and 6 in the female, the lowest number yet described in a mammal. Its near relative, Reeve's muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) has a diploid number of 46, and the karyotypes of the two, species are very different.