Common Tsessebe (Damaliscus lunatus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Alcelaphinae
Genus: Damaliscus
P.L. Sclater & Thomas, 1894

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Damaliscus, known as sassabies is a genus of antelope with just four species in the family Bovidae, subfamily Alcelaphinae found in Africa.

The Hirola, sometimes included in this genus, is now classified in is genus Beatragus as Beatragus hunteri.


Recent range of the different forms of Damaliscus (scientific names)
  • D. korrigum (Ogilby, 1837) – Topis and Korrigum
    • D. k. korrigum (Ogilby, 1837) – Korrigum or Senegal Hartebeest
    • D. l. tiang (Heuglin, 1863) – Tiang (included in D. k. korrigum by Wilson & Reeder, 2005)
    • D. k. jimela (Matschie, 1892) – Topi
    • D. k. topi Blaine, 1914 – Coastal Topi
  • D. lunatus (Burchell, 1823) – Tsessebe
  • D. pygargus (Pallas, 1767) – Bontebok and Blesbok
    • D. p. phillipsi Harper, 1939 – Blesbok
    • D. p. pygargus (Pallas, 1767) – Bontebok
  • D. superstes (Cotterill, 2003) – Bangweulu Tsessebe