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THE GREY DUIKER

14 April 2014

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The grey duiker Sylvicapra grimmia is sometimes called the common duiker because it occurs so commonly in Africa south of the Sahara. It is often also called a bush duiker or Grimm’s duiker. The latter name, as its scientific name indicates, is in honour of the explorer R Grimm who first read a description of a grey duiker that was seen at the Fort in Cape Town. Grey duikers are a valuable asset on a wildlife ranch but are often overlooked. They are also commonly being used as bushmeat by the rural people in Africa.

There are many types of duiker in Africa where their subfamily, the Cephalophinae, first developed some 6 million years ago in the deep forests which covered most of Africa then. Nevertheless, duiker-like fossils are known... (Become a Green subscriber for more)

References:

Grubb, P 1999. Types and type localities of ungulates named from southern Africa. Koedoe 42(2): 13 - 45.

Grubb, P 2005. Order Artiodactyla. In D E Wilson and D M Reeder (eds), 2005. Mammal species of the world: a taxonomic and geographic reference, third edition. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, pp 701 and 716.

Pfitzer, S and L Colenbrander 2005. The duikers. In J du P Bothma and N van Rooyen (eds), Intensive wildlife production in southern Africa. Pretoria: Van Schaik, pp. 230 - 232.

Skinner, J D and C T Chimimba (eds) 2005. The mammals of the southern African subregion, third edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 672 - 675.

Article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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