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Wild Boar (Oceania)

Scientific Name: Sus scrofa

Subspecies: 17 in total, 7 of which occuring in the Indo-pacific region: 1. Sus s. jubatus: Malaysia. 2. Sus s. cristatus: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Kampuchea, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. 3. Sus s. andamanensis: The Andaman Islands. 4. Sus s. nicobarus: The Nicobar Islands. 5. Sus s. vittatus: Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok, Banka and Sumbava. 6. Sus s. floresianus: Flores. 7. Sus s. timorensis: Timor and Rotti.

Distribution: Has been introduced into northeastern and central Australia in 1827 and onto New Zealand in 1758.

Habitat: Forests with good cover, marginal lands often in the vicinity of agriculture, where it may cause serious damage to the crops (Pakistan and Punjab, India.).

Description: Large pig with a compact body and relatively short, stout legs. General colour dark brown, with a silvery tinge to the hairs. The young wild boar are brown and striped and later darkgrey to reddish brown in colour. The male has prolonged upper canines that have lifelong growth.

Hunting method: Lying in wait near farmland, driven hunt with dogs, on horseback (Pakistan).

Hunting available in: Pakistan and India, and some of the Indonesian Islands.

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