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Wild pigs of the Philippines

The Philippines (Filipino: Baboy Ramo or Baboy Damo) has four endemic species of wild pigs. This makes the Philippines unique in having arguably the largest number of endemic wild pigs (Genus Sus).[1][2] Two separate populations of unstudied wild pig species have been reported on the islands of Tawi-Tawi (near Sabah, Malaysia),[3] and Tablas (in the central Philippines).[4]

Unlike its Southeast Asian neighbors, the Philippines does not have a native population (or endemic subspecies) of the widely distributed Eurasian wild boar (Sus scrofa).

Hybridization with domestic pigs Sus domesticus are becoming rampant.

Endemic Philippine wild pig species

The Philippines is also home to the Bornean bearded pig, which can be found at the Tawi-Tawi province at the tip of the Sulu Archipelago. The species is widely ranging in Borneo.

References

  1. ^ Pigs, Peccaries, and Hippos Status Survey and Action Plan, Chapter 5.6, Philippine Warty Pigs (1993)
  2. ^ http://www.fmnh.org/Philippine_Mammals/index.html
  3. ^ Lucchini, V., Meijaard, E., Diong, C. H., Groves, C. P. & Randi, E. 2005. New phylogenetic perspectives among species of South-east Asian wild pig (Sus sp.) based on mtDNA sequences and morphometric data. Journal of Zoology 266, 25-35.
  4. ^ Asian Wild Pig News, Asian Wild Pig Research and Conservation Group, Vol. 2 (1) (January 2002).

External links

  • [1] last accessed 23 June 2011.
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