Dwarf elephant


Definition of Dwarf elephant

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<a href="database2.php?elephant_id=5439">Asian female elephant Mali</a>, at <a href="location2.php?location_id=37">Dehivela Gardens Zoo</a> in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photo © Wayne Jackson, Canada
Asian female elephant Mali, at Dehivela Gardens Zoo in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photo © Wayne Jackson, Canada



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Some individual elephants suffer from Dwarfism, one of the better known was the Asian female elephant Mali, at Dehivela Gardens Zoo in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Records about Dwarf elephant from the Gajah Glossary at https://www.asesg.org/PDFfiles/Gajah/23-01-Glossary.pdf Dwarf elephant: (Caloi, et al. 1996; Roth 1996) Smaller forms of Proboscidea, usually found on islands in prehistoric times [= insular dwarfism]; now extinct. To be distingurshed from pygmy elephant [q.v.].

M. Philip Kahl and Charles Santiapillai, Gajah Elephant Glossary, Gajah nr 23 (2004), Journal for Asian Elephant Specialist Group

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Reference list Koehl, Dan, (2021). Dwarf elephant. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 September 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/index.php?id=141. (archived at the Wayback machine)


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  • Shermin de Silva, U Sameera Weerathunga & Tennekoon V Pushpakumara, Morphometrics and behavior of a wild Asian elephant exhibiting disproportionate dwarfism

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