Ruwenzori Duiker


Ruwenzori Duiker
Ruwenzori Duiker
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Cephalophus
Species: C. rubidus
Binomial name
Cephalophus rubidus
Thomas, 1901

The Ruwenzori Duiker or Ruwenzori Red Duiker (Cephalophus rubidus), is a stocky but small antelope found only in the Ruwenzori Mountains between Uganda and, probably, Democratic Republic of Congo. They may be a sub-species of the Black-fronted Duiker or the Red-flanked Duiker.

The Ruwenzori Duiker weighs about 15 kilograms and has a shoulder height of about 45 centimeters. They have a rufous coat, lighter on the underbelly and darker on the back. Their short prong-like horns are about 8 centimetres long.

They are found in sub-alpine zones above 3,000 meters, where they eat herbs. They are diurnal.

References

  1. ^ IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group (2008). Cephalophus nigrifrons rubidus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 29 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of endangered

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