Invasive Species Compendium

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Rangifer tarandus



Rangifer tarandus (reindeer)


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  • 08 November 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Invasive Species
  • Threatened Species
  • Host Animal
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Rangifer tarandus
  • Preferred Common Name
  • reindeer
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Chordata
  •       Subphylum: Vertebrata
  •         Class: Mammalia
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Rangifer tarandus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Preferred Common Name

  • reindeer

International Common Names

  • English: caribou

Local Common Names

  • USA: woodland caribou

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Chordata
  •             Subphylum: Vertebrata
  •                 Class: Mammalia
  •                     Order: Artiodactyla
  •                         Suborder: Ruminantia
  •                             Family: Cervidae
  •                                 Genus: Rangifer
  •                                     Species: Rangifer tarandus

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes

North America

CanadaPresentCAB ABSTRACTS Data Mining 2001
-AlbertaPresentCAB ABSTRACTS Data Mining 2001
-Newfoundland and LabradorPresentCAB ABSTRACTS Data Mining 2001
USAPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-AlaskaPresentCAB ABSTRACTS Data Mining 2001


FinlandPresentCAB ABSTRACTS Data Mining 2001
GermanyPresentCAB ABSTRACTS Data Mining 2001
NorwayPresentCAB ABSTRACTS Data Mining 2001

Habitat List

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Boisjoly D; Ouellet JP; Courtois R, 2010. Coyote habitat selection and management implications for the Gaspésie Caribou. Journal of Wildlife Management, 74(1):3-11.

Crête M; Desrosiers A, 1995. Range expansion of coyotes, Canis latrans, threatens a remnant herd of caribou, Rangifer tarandus, in southeastern Quebec. Canadian Field Naturalist, 109:227-235.

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