Musk Deer in Mustang, Nepal

A Study on Species Confirmation and Potential Distribution

There are three different musk deer species said to exist in Nepal, Moschus chrysogaster, Moschus leucogaster, and Moschus fuscus, although their exact distribution is unclear and yet to be validated by field-based evidence. The primary objective of the research was to confirm the species of musk deer found in Mustang using non-invansion genetic tools. The study showed that there are multiple species of musk in Lower Mustang, with some belonging to a species of musk deer which are different from all other musk deer species found in global database.Further phylogenetic research is being done on these unique samples. Preleminary results suggest that they belong to a unique species of musk deer.