BIOLOGICAL FEATURES OF MANCHURIAN MOOSE (ALCES ALCES CAMELOIDES) WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO COMPARATIVE RESEARCH
Biological features of the Manchurian moose (Alces alces cameloides) are reviewed and compared with the six other recognized subspecies. The Manchurian moose is smaller bodies and differs in body build from A. a. gigas and A. a. alces. The antlers have fewer tines and a smaller palm surface area (25% to 69% that of other subspecies) and most closely resemble those of A. a. pfizenmayeri. The head is proportionately larger than in other sub species and body hair is shorter. Limited data suggests that the Manchurian moose Is similar in body build and antler features, but smaller in body size, when compared to A. a. pfizenmayeri. Reproductive biology of the Manchurian moose is similar to that of other subspecies, with the possible exception of an earlier rutting season. Further comparative studies of all moose subspecies are recommended.
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