Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Antilopinae
Genus: Ammodorcas
Species: A. clarkei
Binomial name
Ammodorcas clarkei
Thomas, 1891[2]

The dibatag (Ammodorcas clarkei), or Clarke's gazelle, is an antelope found in the sandy grasslands of Ethiopia and Somalia. Not a true gazelle, it is similarly marked, with a long, furry black tail which is raised in flight. This gave rise to its name, which means "erect tail" in Somali.

The dibatag is listed by the IUCN as "vulnerable" to extinction due to hunting and human disturbance (including war). There are a few thousand individuals left with no captive population.

Male dibatags weigh between 28 to 35 kilograms, and females range from 22 to 29 kilograms.


  1. ^ Heckel, J.-O., Wilhelmi, F., Kaariye, X.Y. & Amir, O.G. (2008). Ammodorcas clarkei. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 14 February 2009.
  2. ^ Thomas, O (1891) Proc. Zool Soc. Lond. pages

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