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THE BUSHBUCK

5 December 2013

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The bushbuck Tragelaphus scriptus is one of six species of Tragelaphus, a genus that was first described scientifically by De Blainville in 1816. The bushbuck was first described scientifically as Antilopa scripta by Pallas in 1766 based on a specimen from Senegal. There are seven subspecies, with the southern bushbuck Tragelaphus scriptus sylvaticusin southern Africa. The Limpopo bushbuck Tragelaphus scriptus rowaleynei is no longer recognized as a valid subspecies, but the Chobe bushbuck of the Chobe and Zambezi River valley is still being recognized as Tragelaphus scriptus ornatus. The bushbuck shows a north-south morphological cline with the smallest horns and largest skull in South Africa and the largest horns in West Africa. Fossil bushbuck species are known from Africa in the Pliocene some 7 to 2.5 million years ago. The colloquial name indicates the habitat of choice.

The bushbuck occurs widely in Africa south of the Sahara. In South Africa it occurs in the Limpopo River valley and in the eastern and southern coastal parts as far west as Swellendam on the south coast, the latter where the first specimen in South Africa was... (To see more become a Green subscriber)

 

References:

Grubb, P 2005. Order Artiodactyla. In D E Wilson and D M Reeder (Eds), Mammal species of the world – a taxonomic and geographic reference, third edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 698 - 699.

Pitzer, S and I Colenbrander 2005. The bushbuck. In J du P Bothma and N van Rooyen (Eds),Intensive wildlife production in southern Africa. Pretoria: Van Schaik, pp. 203 - 213.

Skinner, J D and C T Chimimba (Eds) 2005. The mammals of the southern African subregion, third edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 632 - 635.

article by: Prof J du P Bothma

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