Kasos Deer

Candiacervus (Cervus) cerigensis

Resurrected on:

Genus information

Candiacervus, or Cretan Deer, is an extinct genus of deer that thrived on the Greek island of Crete during the Pleistocene epoch. They weren't just ordinary deer: besides their spatula- or club-shaped antlers, their small size was their most notable feature. Some species just reached 40 cm at the shoulders! They were even closely related to the giant Megaloceros deer from the mainland. Candiacervus evolved in mutiple species to occupy all potential niches on the island, ranging from dense forests to rocky outcrops.

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Cervidae

Europe

Pleistocene

Species information

Kuss (1975) described two species of deer from the island of Kasos and Karpathos, of which the Kasos Deer is the smallest of the two. It stood about 65 cm high at the shoulders and had small antlers, resembling (more or less) that of modern deer. Kuss placed both species under the genus Candiacervus from Crete, but this needs further evidence. Therefore, this species if often placed in the genus Cervus.

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Candiacervus (Cervus) cerigensis

Kuss, 1975

Europe

Pleistocene

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1.0 m

65 cm

30 kg

Reference:

Geist, V. (1987). On speciation in Ice Age mammals, with special reference to cervids and caprids. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 65(5), 1067-1084.

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