Selous' zebra

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Selous' zebra
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Equidae
Genus: Equus
Subgenus: Hippotigris
Species: E. quagga
Subspecies: E. q. selousi
Trinomial name
Equus quagga selousi
Pocock, 1897

The Selous' zebra (Equus quagga selousi) is a subspecies of the plains zebra, spread over southeastern Africa. It is found mostly in Mozambique, but nowadays it is critically endangered.

Taxonomy[edit]

They are sometimes confused with Damaraland zebras, but they differ, as their legs are striped to the hooves.[2][3]

Physical description[edit]

These subspecies have clean black-and-white banding without the brown shadow stripes of the Chapman's zebra subspecies. These are extended down the flanks and over the whole body except face and neck. The upper half is covered with horizontal stripes, mostly faded, that do not go around the legs. The belly is partly striped. Their average mass is 300 kilograms (660 lb), and the average shoulder height is 59inches . Their track measures 121 millimetres (4.8 in) x 89 millimetres (3.5 in).[4][5]

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