Kobus (antelope)

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A male Puku (K. vardonii)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Reduncinae
Genus: Kobus
Smith, 1840
Type species
Antilope ellipsiprymnus
Ogilby, 1833

Six; see text

Kobus is a genus containing six species of African antelopes, all of which are associated with marshes, floodplains, or other grassy areas near water. They are sexually dimorphic, with females being smaller and lacking the horns of the males.


Image Scientific name Common name Distribution
K. anselli Upemba lechwe Upemba wetlands, Democratic Republic of Congo
K. ellipsiprymnus Waterbuck Northern South Africa north to Chad and west to Côte d'Ivoire
K. kob Kob Senegal east to South Sudan and south to Uganda
K. leche Lechwe Botswana, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, Angola
K. megaceros Nile lechwe South Sudan and Ethiopia
K. vardonii Puku Southern Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zambia


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