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Indian Peafowl Feathers. Credit: USFWS

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Fake Rhino Horn
Credit: USFWS.

Fake Rhino Horn

Common Name: Asian Water Buffalo
Scientific Name: Bubalus bubalis
Protected Status: CITES - AppIII (Nepal)
Laboratory Section: Morphology
What’s the Story? Horns of water buffalo are often used as substitute for the rare rhinoceros horn in Asian medicinals. The upper part has been highly polished, while the lower part shows the knicks and scratches were made during manufacture.

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