Interim profile, incomplete information
Taxonomic name: Cervus timorensis russa Müller & Schlegel, 1844
Common names: cerf de Java (French), cerf rusa (French), Javan deer, rusa deer (English), Timor deer
Organism type: mammal
Native to Indonesia, the rusa deer (Cervus timorensis russa) was introduced to New Caledonia and La Réunion as well as to Mauritius, Australia and New Zealand. In New Caledonia the rusa deer is present in all parts of Grande-Terre, where it represents an important threat to the exceptional endemic flora of this archipelago. Rusa deer also represent an important resource for local people (hunting, farming).
agricultural areas, coastland, natural forests, planted forests, range/grasslands, riparian zones, ruderal/disturbed, scrub/shrublands
Native range: Native to Indonesia
Known introduced range: New Caledonia and La Réunion (Moutou, 1983; Barrau et Devambez, 1957)
Introduction pathways to new locations
Hunting/fishing: Cervus timorensis russa were introduced for hunting purposes.
Compiled by: Comité français de l'UICN (IUCN French Committee) & IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)
Last Modified: Thursday, 17 May 2007