Little red brocket

Little red brocket
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Synapsida
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Capreolinae
Genus: Mazama
Species: M. rufina
Binomial name
Mazama rufina
Bourcier & Pucheran, 1852

The little red brocket or Swamp brocket (Mazama rufina), also known as the Ecuador red brocket,[2] is a small, little-studied deer native to the Andes of Colombia, Ecuador and northern Peru, where found in forest and páramo at altitudes between 1,400 and 3,600 metres (4,600 and 11,800 ft).[1] It is one of the smallest brocket deer. The coat is reddish, and the legs and crown are blackish.[3] As recently as 1999, some authorities included both the Pygmy Brocket (M. nana) and Merida Brocket (M. bricenii) as subspecies of the Little Red Brocket.[4]

The Little Red Brocket may have formed an important part of the diet of the people of the Pleistocene Las Vegas culture.[5]


  1. 1 2 Lizcano, D. & Alvarez, S.J. (2008). "Mazama rufina". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 10 June 2007. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of vulnerable.
  2. Grubb, P. (2005). "Order Artiodactyla". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 637–722. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  3. Trolle, M., and L. H. Emmons (2004). A record of a dwarf brocket from lowland Madre de Dios, Peru. Deer Specialist Group Newsletter 19: 2-5
  4. Nowak, R. M. (eds) (1999). Walker's Mammals of the World. 6th edition. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  5. Salazar, Ernesto (2003). "Historie del Ecuador: Los primeros habitantes". La Hora (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2008-07-14.

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