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Spanish red deer

Iberian red deer
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Cervinae
Genus: Cervus
C. e. hispanicus
Trinomial name
Cervus elaphus hispanicus
Hilzheimer, 1909

The Iberian red deer (Cervus elaphus hispanicus) also known as the Spanish red deer is a subspecies of the red deer native to Spain. The Iberian red deer is a polygynous species, which is the males have one or more mate, during mating season males show a dark ventral area in their abdomen. The males usually defend the mating territories on the females favored location.


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De la Pena, Eva. Martin, Jose. Carranza, Juan. “The intensity of male-male competition may affect chemical scent constituents in the dark ventral patch of male Iberian red deer” 3 September 2019.

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