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Medium deer with feint spots

Observed: 23rd May 2013 By: jeltjejeltje’s reputation in Mammalsjeltje’s reputation in Mammalsjeltje’s reputation in Mammals
Herd of does, some seem to be moulting
Three does,one buck with small horns
Description:

Non native.Similar in size than fallow but darker.Summer coat reddish brown wirh dark dorsal stripe surrounded by white spots Winter dark grey with spots feint or absent.Tail shorter and less distinctly striped than Fallow deer.Distinct white gland on hind leg.Male have anthers similar to Red deer but with less points

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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Sika

These are sikas, note the dark line down the back.

Just a note, it is not a good idea to copy a description into the 'description' box from somewhere else (Deer Society web site); it is there for you to make notes on your own observation of things not obvious in the photo which could help with identification. This is a good case in hand as their first paragraph (copied here) is a simplification of the UK status. These could be the nominate race/sub-species (depends who you talk to) C.n.nippon which does change its coat in winter; however they could also be C.n.mandarinus (possible but could be other, similar races) which does not change its coat in winter and which can also be found at Woburn. To confuse matters even more, they have C.n.mantchuricus at Woburn which has a lighter coat and bold spots just like a fallow deer.

Graham Banwell

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Thank you

Your recommentations about description and extra info much appreciated

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As with the Pere's David deer, there is no harm putting such information on iSpot, but two points to consider:
1: if you lift text from another site you need to acknowledge the site or you leave yourself, and iSpot, open to copyright issues. It is always best to paraphrase, write it in your own words and perhaps still acknowledge where the information came from so people can go there for more information. I must admit I don't do this often as much of the information comes from my head and I can not remember where I first saw it!
2: the best place for such is as a 'comment' on your observation not the 'notes' or 'description' - it just keeps your observation and any extra background information, folklore etc. slightly separate. To clarify, 'notes' and 'description' are boxes you fill in when you first post the observation and are there to help others better understand your ID and comment on it; this I am writing now is a 'comment'. Hope this helps and please keep posting as your deer posts have been interesting.

Graham Banwell

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