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Number of species of dik-dik?[edit]

The article as of a few days ago said there were three species, I corrected it to five species upon the basis of the statement "The five species of dik-dik, with the exception of Kirk's dik-dik, are only found in eastern and northeastern Africa. Kirk's dik-dik, which is described here, is one of the most common. It is also found in southwestern Africa." by the African Wildlife Foundation, however Gdr has changed this number to four. Gdr added another source, so perhaps this source lists four species, but there is clearly a difference in sources. --Matthew 22:10, 28 January 2006 (UTC)

  • ITIS lists four species. So does Mammal Species of the World [1]. The African Wildlife Foundation may be mistaken, or may be distinguishing species that are synonymized by others. Since it doesn't actually list the species, it's hard to tell. Gdr 22:26, 28 January 2006 (UTC)
  • I am strongly inclined to trust the sources found by Gdr over the AWF, and have e-mailed their office to see if they are aware of the error, or if they have documentation of an additional species. --Matthew 22:31, 28 January 2006 (UTC)

2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species also only lists 4. It seems that only commercial hunting related sites list a fifth species, Cordeaux's Dik-dik (Madoqua cordeauxi) - Rooivalk 23:25, 28 January 2006 (UTC)

According to [2], M. cordeauxi is synonymous with M. saltiana. Gdr 13:34, 29 January 2006 (UTC)

Their food[edit]

They eat Acasietrees. Saw it on a documentary on Animal Planet. "Walking with Mammals" or so by David Attenborough. If someone knows, please add the other mammal that also eats from the acasietrees, giraffs, dik-diks and another one standing high on its backleggs.

I reverted the junk edits by, looks like a school IP with mostly crap edits. --brion 01:34, 27 November 2006 (UTC)

Weasel words in section behavior[edit]

"It is often believed that"... Suggest state who believes this, and cite a source. Either that or just state that this happens, not that it is often believed that it happens. Jerry lavoie 04:33, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

Social structure[edit]

At 2007-04-13T01:53:16 this read "Dik-diks form monogamous relationships within defined territories." By 2007-04-13T15:09:50 it had been augmented with "Once one of the pair of life partners dies the remaining dik-dik will starve itself to death."; while this looks possible, it was added by who also added "muffins" to the diet.

Then at 2007-04-14T09:00:23, upgraded it to "Once one of the pair of life partners dies the remaining dik-dik will have a homsexual relationship with another widowed Dik Dik.", simultaneously reducing the age of sexual maturity from 8 months to 8 days. More recently Czj corrected the spelling and added a citation-needed tag.

I don't believe any of it. FJPB 20:43, 12 May 2007 (UTC)


I have a clearer photograph of a male Dik-dik. Will anybody be offended if I add it or replace the exiting image?

Dik-dik (male) -Tarangire National Park -Tanzania.jpg

Cheers, Pedrito 14:57, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

I would be very offended if you add a picture of a male dik-dik — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:46, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

Sound clips, please?[edit]

The article's lead includes the phrase "and named for the sound it makes when alarmed". It would be quite helpful to include a couple of sound clips, since this topic is quite relevant to the article. Thank you. Typofixer76 (talk) 17:55, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

Self-referential statement[edit]

I think this is an ambigious statement, since consuming water is considered drinking.

Dik-diks consume sufficient amounts of water for hydration, making drinking unnecessary

Maybe something like "consume sufficient amounts of moisture-laden vegetation for hydration" .. ? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jeff.homme (talkcontribs) 05:52, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

Evolutionary Information?[edit]

I would like to add some more text to this article about evolutionary biology; does anyone know where some good, reliable sources on dik-dik evolution are located? Thank you all very much my fellow Wikipedians. 自教育 (talk) 22:01, 26 April 2013 (UTC)


Please remove the unneeded dick from the sentence "Like all even-toed ungulates, they digest their food with the aid of micro-organisms in the their four-chambered stomachs." in the Diet section. (talk) 03:45, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

Fixed, thanks. Materialscientist (talk) 05:18, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

In the box score, add THREATENED status? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Geojr1955 (talkcontribs) 12:33, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

File:Madoqua kirkii - female (Namutoni).jpg to appear as POTD[edit]

Hello! This is a note to let the editors of this article know that File:Madoqua kirkii - female (Namutoni).jpg will be appearing as picture of the day on February 13, 2015. You can view and edit the POTD blurb at Template:POTD/2015-02-13. If this article needs any attention or maintenance, it would be preferable if that could be done before its appearance on the Main Page. Thanks! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:56, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Picture of the day

Dik-diks are antelopes in the genus Madoqua which can be found in the bushlands of eastern and southern Africa. These herbivores, named for the females' alarm calls, are quite small, measuring only 30–40 cm (12–16 in) at the shoulder, 50–70 cm (20–28 in) in length, and 3–6 kg (7–16 lb) in weight.

Photograph: Yathin S Krishnappa
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Protection status?[edit]

Needs the appropriate infobox, template for conservation status. Lycurgus (talk) 05:34, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

This article is on genus. Conservation status is only evaluated for individual species, and their articles are linked in the infobox. Materialscientist (talk) 05:50, 13 February 2015 (UTC)
ah. Lycurgus (talk) 13:20, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 6 May 2016[edit]

I think the way you pronounce dik-dik is wrong. Please let me change it. (talk) 19:11, 6 May 2016 (UTC)

Not done This is not the right page to request additional user rights.
If you want to suggest a change, please request this in the form "Please replace XXX with YYY" or "Please add ZZZ between PPP and QQQ".
Please also cite reliable sources to back up your request, without which no information should be added to, or changed in, any article. - Arjayay (talk) 19:51, 6 May 2016 (UTC)

Population info[edit]

Someone should put population info so we can know the abundance of dik diks in the wild. Shadychiri (talk) 15:34, 20 April 2017 (UTC)