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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:06 am 
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I think it's a mountain reedbock...

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Mountain Reedbuck :clap: As said, the black patch under the ear, but the white underside of the bushy tail is also distinctive. Lovely pic :thumbs_up:

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I have to agree with Pantera 100%.

That's a Southern Reedbuck. Adding to what has been said already, the big strong build is typical of the Southern, as opposed to the Mountain which is a much smaller and slender built animal.

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Oh yes, also as to where it was seen. That area is typical Southern Reedbuck territory and ideal habitat for them. They are actually common in the area around Mlondozi.


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Southern reedbuck info here

Well done on the ID Imberbe and PL! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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Can anyone please help with the identifying features of these antelope?

Reedbuck
Mountain Reedbuck
Oribi
Sharpe's Grysbok
Female bushbuck
Lichtenstien's Hartebeest
Common Duiker


I'm very comfortable identifying every antelope, apart from these guys.

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:49 am 
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Mountain Reedbuck:
"The Mountain Reedbuck averages 75 cm at the shoulder, and weighs around 30 kg. It has a grey coat with a white underbelly and reddish-brown head and shoulders. The male has ridged horns of around 35 cm, which curve forwards"

Reedbuck:
Southern Reedbucks average 85 cm at the shoulder, and weigh around 70 kg. They have grey-brown coats with a white underbelly and black forelegs. Males have ridged horns of around 35 cm, which grow backwards and then curve forwards.

Oribi:
"Oribi grow to around 92–110 cm (36 to 43 inches) in length, with a shoulder height of 50–66 cm (20 to 26 inches) and weigh an average of 12–22 kg (26 to 49 lb). They can run at speeds of up to 40–50 km/h (25–31 mph). In captivity they have a lifespan of up to 14 years.

The back and upper chest is yellow to orange-brown. The chin, throat, chest, belly and rump are white. The tail is short and bushy, the upper side black or dark brown, and the under surface white. The white crescent-shaped band of fur above the eye is a characteristic that helps to distinguish this species from other similar-looking antelope. Below each ear is a large round black glandular patch, the nostrils are prominently red, and on the sides of the face are vertical creases that house the pre-orbital glands. These glands produce an odorous secretion that is used to mark the oribi's territory. Only males grow horns, which are slender and upright, ridged to about halfway up, the ends being smooth and pointed, with some of length 19 cm (7.5 inches) being recorded"

Sharpe's Grysbok:
"It is similar in size to the Gray Duiker, but has a stockier body and elongated fur over the hindquarters. It stands about 20" (45–60 cm) at the shoulders and weighs only 7–11.5 kg. Its coat is reddish-brown which is streaked with white; eye-rings, around mouth, throat and underside are off-white. The males have stubby horns, which are widely spaced. Sharpe's Grysbok has a short deep muzzle with large mouth and heavy molar (grinding) teeth. The short neck and face on a long-legged body result in a high-rump posture when browsing."

Female bushbuck:
The female has no horns and has a reddish brown coat with white spots and has a short bushy tail

Lichtenstein's Hartebeest:

"Lichtenstein's Hartebeest typically stand about 1.25 m (4 ft) at the shoulder and have a mass of around 150 kg (330 lb). Lichtenstein's Hartebeest are a red brown colour, which is lighter on the underbelly. The horns found on both sexes appear from the side to be shaped like the letter 'S' and appear from the front to be shaped like the letter 'O' with its upper portions missing. The horns are slightly ridged and reach over 0.5 m in length."

Common Duiker:
"Colouration of this species varies widely over its vast geographic range. There are thought to be as many as 19 subspecies ranging from chestnut in forested areas of Angola to grizzled gray in northern savannas and light brown shades in arid regions. It grows to about 20 inches (50 cm) in height and generally weighs 12 to 25 kg; although females are generally larger and heavier than their male counterparts. The male bears horns which can grow to 4.25 inches (11 cm) long."

Hope this will help you :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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Technically this mammal was not seen in a park but in a field on our way from Bontebok National Park To Cape Agulhas. It was not fenced in ...this particular field's gate was open to the road. It was running alongside the fence very interested in the cows next door. When we stopped, although we were a fair distance away, the animal took one look at us and ran further up the field and over the rise. I have no idea what it is ????
Excuse the quality of the pic..it was a fair distance away and it was raining !!!

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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Caracal it is an exotic Fallow deer that has spread like wildfire through the whole Cape P.

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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Thx Jane :D ..fallow deer did not cross my mind becuase I have only seen light in colour fallow deer. :thumbs_up:

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My immediate gut response was that it looked like a deer.

I then looked in my mammal book and saw a Mountain Reedbok... similar colouring, but maybe wrong size.

Jane might well be spot on if it is private land.

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Thanks MM
:hmz: this one still has me a bit confused. :doh: I have just checked the Mountain reedbuck in my mammal book but this bokkie of mine was way darker in colouring than the picture of mountain reedbuck in my book. But then the buck was probably a bit wet which could have made it look darker than what it actually was. The horns also looked strange..maybe antlers just starting to grow...but I thought that happened in spring. :doh: I must admit this creature looked like a bit of a misfit...something was not right with it..and the way it was trying to chat the cows up on the other side of the fence was also strange :shock:

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It does look a bit as though there are antler like things :hmz: pretty well done, Jane.

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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That is not a Mountain Reedbuck.

I think you may be correct that it is an exotic ...

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My white impala it was running like the wind
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