Historic Classifications
of the
Properly: Rangifer tarandus
These animals vary in size, weight and coloration due to climate, breeding, disease, and food supply, thereby resulting in improper classification.
Although at one time the following animals were thought to be different speicies they, are a single species.
Barren Ground Caribou: Rangifer arcticus
Peary Caribou: Rangifer arcticus pearyi
Woodland Caribou: Rangifer caribou
European Reindeer
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