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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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muntjac Muntiacus muntjak, a small deer with a wide range in Asia from India through much of SE Asia to China, Japan, and Formosa. Various races are recognized over this range. Both coloration and size vary. An adult male may measure between 50 and 75 cm (20–30") and is likely to weigh around 23 kg (50 lb). The antlers are small and are set on bony hair-covered ridges which extend down each side of the face; hence the name rib-faced deer which is sometimes used. The muntjac has a call which sounds like the bark of a dog and accounts for another common name, barking deer.