I've been assisting with this research for a short while and was wondering if other Muntjac stalkers would be willing to assist. It's really simply, (Date, Location (area name, six figure grid reference), sex and sample tube number.) The university will send out some ethanol filled tubes in which to place a sample of tongue. These can be stored until you have a number of samples and then sent to the Uni for DNA investigation.
Marianne would particularly appreciate samples from the south and west of England. So anyone that is serious about assisting please P.M. me and i'll forward you her address.
Queen’s University Belfast
PhD funded by the Department of Employment in Northern Ireland.
A previous piece of research at Queens University Belfast found several muntjac from the Theford area to be Muntiacus reevesi micrurus, the Taiwanese subspecies, and not Muntiacus reevesi reevesi, the Chinese subspecies, as previously thought. To investigate this further we plan to collect samples of muntjac DNA from as many localities as possible in the UK and Ireland. By using markers developed to discriminate between M.r. reevesi and M. r. micrurus, the genetic variability of M. reevesi will be analysed. This study hopes to determine the distribution of these subspecies in the UK and Ireland and will help elucidate the invasion history of muntjac in the British Isles.