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The nyala

14 November 2013

 

www.leopard.tvThe nyala was already described scientifically as Tragelaphus angassii at its first description in 1849 by Angas based on a specimen from St Lucia Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. It was named for his grandfather George Fife Angas. The name nyala is derived from its izulu name inyala. It has no subspecies and its natural distribution is southern Malawi, Mozambique, the northern and eastern Limpopo, and the Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal provinces in South Africa. It has been introduced widely in South Africa to the detriment of the ecologically similar bushbuck.

The nyala shows extreme sexual differentiation in coat colour and size. The bulls are large, while the much smaller females are known as ewes. The coat colour of the ewes and of bulls younger than eight months old is rusty red. The older bulls... (Become a subscriber for more)

References:

Grubb, P 2005. Order Artiodactyla. In D E Wilson and D M Reeder (eds), Mammal species of the world, third edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp 697 – 698

Skinner, J D and C T Chimimba (eds) 2005. The mammals of the southern African subregion, third edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 629 – 632.

article by: Prof J du P Bothma

 

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