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Temporal range: Late Miocene to present
Damaliscus lunatus.jpg
Tsessebe (Damaliscus lunatus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Alcelaphinae
Brooke, 1876

The subfamily Alcelaphinae[1] of the family Bovidae contains wildebeest, hartebeest, bonteboks, and several similar species. Depending on the classification, there are 6-10 species placed in four genera, although Beatragus is sometimes considered a subgenus of Damaliscus, and Sigmoceros for the Lichtenstein's hartebeest.[2]

Subfamily Alcelaphinae

Extinct alcelaphines[edit]

Skull of the Pleistocene alcelaphin Damalops palaeindicus from India
  • Subfamily Alcelaphinae
    • Beatragus
      • Beatragus antiquus
    • Connochaetes
      • Connochaetes africanus
      • Connochaetes gentryi
      • Connochaetes gnou
        • Connochaetes gnou laticornutus
        • Connochaetes gnou antiquus
      • Connochaetes taurinus
        • Connochaetes taurinus olduvaiensis
    • Damaliscus
      • Damaliscus hypsodon
      • Damaliscus niro
    • Damalacra
      • Damalacra acalla
    • Damalops
      • Damalops palaeindicus
    • Megalotragus
      • Megalotragus kattwinkeli
      • Megalotragus priscus
    • Numidocapra
      • Numidocapra arambourgi
      • Numidocapra crassicornis
      • Numidocapra porrocornutus
    • Oreonagor
      • Oreonagor tournoueri
    • Parestigorgon
    • Parmularius
      • Parmularius pachyceras
      • Parmularius ambiquus
      • Parmularius pandatus
      • Parmularius atlanticus
      • Parmularius rugosus
      • Parmularius altidens
      • Parmularius angusticornis
    • Rabaticeras
      • Rabaticeras lemutai
    • Rhynotragus
    • Rusingoryx


  1. ^ Not to be confused with protozoan suborder Acephalina
  2. ^ Wilson, Don E. & Reeder, DeeAnn M. (editors). 2005. Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed), Johns Hopkins University Press, 2,142 pp. Available online