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Palawan bearded pig

Palawan bearded pig
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Suidae
Genus: Sus
Species: S. ahoenobarbus
Binomial name
Sus ahoenobarbus
Huet, 1888

The Palawan bearded pig (Sus ahoenobarbus) is a species of pig endemic to the Philippines, where it can only be found on the archipelago of islands formed by Balabac, Palawan, and the Calamian Islands. They are 1 to 1.6 metres (3.3 to 5.2 ft) in length, about 1 metre (3.3 ft) tall and weigh up to 150 kilograms (330 lb).

Until recently, it was considered a subspecies of the Bornean bearded pig (Sus barbatus), but at least under the phylogenetic species concept, it must be classified as a separate species. For its treatment under other (and more widely used) species concepts, more study is required, but the presently available information seems to argue for full species status in any case.[2]

References

  1. ^ Oliver, W. (2008). Sus ahoenobarbus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 4 November 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of vulnerable.
  2. ^ Lucchini, Meijaard, Diong, Groves and Randi (2005). New phylogenetic perspectives among species of South-east Asian wild pig (Sus sp.) based on mtDNA sequences and morphometric data. J. Zool., Lond. 266: 25–35
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