Unusual features/differences from similar
Has a hunched posture like a duiker. The coat
has small white spots whereas there are no white speckles in steenbok, oribi
or red duiker. Yellowish brown on the under parts while the oribi and
steenbok under parts are white. The tail is short and the
same colour as the body while the tail of the oribi is black on top. There are small false hooves on the hind
legs which are absent in Sharpe's grysbok.
Visible Male/Female Differences
Only males bear horns. Females slightly larger and have two pairs of nipples between the hind legs.
Habitat and Distribution
Thick undergrowth and bush in the southwest of the region, including fynbos.
A grazer but also browses on leaves and fruit.
Births throughout the year after a gestation 180 days. Taken by leopards and
Behavior and Habits
Solitary, rarely in mating pairs, or females
with lambs. Active at night. Males hold territories of 1.5-4.8 ha, females have home ranges of 1 ha. Adult males scent mark with
a gland in front of the eyes. Both
sexes urinate and defecate in middens.
A goat-like bleat
Dung and Field sign
Pellets are 1 cm long, tapered at
one end, blunt at the other. Large middens up to 1 m across and 10 cm deep.