Mountain reedbuck

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Mountain reedbuck
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Redunca
Species: R. fulvorufula
Binomial name
Redunca fulvorufula
(Afzelius, 1815)

The mountain reedbuck (Redunca fulvorufula) is an antelope found in mountainous areas of much of sub-Saharan Africa.[1]

The mountain reedbuck averages 75 cm (30 in) at the shoulder, and weighs around 30 kg (66 lb). It has a grey coat with a white underbelly and reddish-brown head and shoulders. The male has ridged horns of around 35 cm (14 in), which curve forwards.

The mountain reedbuck lives in thick mountainous forest, where it eats grasses and leaves. It forms herds of around five individuals, including a single mature male. Adolescent males are forced out of their herds and form small bachelor herds. In the dry season, the mountain reedbuck sometimes forms herds of up to 30 individuals. They are diurnal, but inactive during the heat of the day.

Subspecies[edit]

  • R. f. adamauae - Adamawa mountain reedbuck
  • R. f. chanleri - Chanler's mountain reedbuck (named for William A. Chanler)
  • R. f. fulvorufula - southern mountain reedbuck
Mountain reedbuck photographed in Tierpark Berlin, July 2005

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group (2008). Redunca fulvorufula. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 5 April 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern