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THE AFRICAN DARTER

18 September 2014

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The African darter Anhinga rufa rufa is a common visitor to open water bodies in Africa south of the Sahara. The different subspecies are based mainly on variations in colour and size. African darters, however, do nog occur in the Kalahari except when it is an extremely wet year. Other subspecies occur in Madagascar and southern Iran. The original scientific name  was Plotus rufus and it was first described scientifically by Daudin in 1802 based on a specimen from Senegal. The name rufa is Latin for red and refers to the dark red colour of the back.

African darters are up to 95 cm tall and weigh around... (Become a subscriber for more)

Reference:

Hockey, P A R, W R J Dean and P G Ryan (eds) 2005. Roberts – birds of southern Africa, seventh edition. Cape Town: The John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, pp 570 – 571.

Article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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