Grysbok - Raphicerus melanotis

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Damara Dik-dik - Madoqua kirkii | Oribi - Ourebia ourebi | Suni - Neotragus moschatus | Grysbok - Raphicerus melanotis | Sharpe's Grysbok - Raphicerus sharpii | Klipspringer - Oreotragus oreotragus | Blue Duiker - Philancomba monticola | Red Duiker - Cepholophus natalensis | Common Duiker - Sylvicapra grimmia | Steenbok - Raphicerus campestris | Bushbuck - Trogelophus scriptus | Blesbok - Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi | Bontebok- Domaliscus dorcas dorcas | Reedbuck - Redunca arundinum | Mountain Reedbuck - Redunca fulvorufula | Grey Rheebuck- Pelea capreolus | Springbuck - Antidorcas marsupialis | Impala - Aepyceros melampus melampus | Blue Wildebeest - Connochaetes taurinus | Black Wildebeest - Connochaetes gnu | Tsessebe - Domaliscus lunatus | Gemsbuck - Oryx gazella | Red Hartebeest - Alcelaphus buselaphus | Lichtenstein's Hartebeest - Sigmoceros lichtensteinii | Sable- Hippotragus niger | Roan - Hippotragus equinus | Puku - Kobus vardonii | Waterbuck - Kobus ellipsiprymnus | Red Lechwe - Kobus leche | Nyala - Tragelaphus angasii | Sitatunga - Tragelaphus spekei | Kudu - Tragelaphus strepsiceros | Eland - Taurotragus oryx | Buffalo - Syncerus caffer

 


Afrikaans Grysbok Xhosa Ngxungxu
R.W. Min 3" Max 4"
S.C.I Min 7" Max 12" Measurement Method 1

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Tracks
2.5 cm

Distribution

Dung
1 cm
Tapered at one end, blunt at the other
Deposited in large middens

Unusual features/differences from similar animals

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.

Diet

A grazer but also browses on leaves and fruit.

Reproduction

Births throughout the year after a gestation 180 days. Taken by leopards and caracals.

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. 

Sounds

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.



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