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THE BUSHPIG

17 July 2014

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The bushpig Potamochoerus larvatus was originally thought to be a variant of the wild hog Potamochoerus porcus which occurs in the rain forests of Central and West Africa. The bushpig was first described scientifically in South Africa as Sus koiropotamus by Desmoulins in 1831 based on a specimen that was collected some 150 km away from the Cape of Good Hope, but was later renamed Potamochoerus larvatus following F. Cuvier’s name of 1822. There are sevaral subspecies in Africa, with Potamochoerus larvatus koiropotamus in the southern parts of South Africa and Potamochoerus larvatus nyasae in the northern ones. The bushpig developed from an ancestral wild pig in West and Central Africa.

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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 & D M Reeder (Eds), Mammal species of the world, third edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, p 639.

Skinner, J D & C T Chimimba (Eds) 2005. The mammals of the southern African subregion, third edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 547 – 551.

Article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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