Sharpe's Grysbok - Raphicerus sharpii

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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  Sharpe se Grysbok Shona Himba  
Shangaan
Pitsipits
Photo: Jacques de Villiers
R.W. Min 1" Max 4"
S.C.I Min 5" Max 8" 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

Smaller then the grysbok. Colour is more red red than the grysbok and coat is sprinkled with white wheras thereare is no white speckles in steenbok, oribi or red duiker. The tail is short and the same colour as the body whereas the tail is black on top in oribi. There are no false hooves on the hind legs like in the in the grysbok.

Visible Male/Female Differences

Only males bear horns. Females are slightly larger and have two pairs of nipples between the hind legs. 

Habitat and Distribution

Dense growth and grass in the northeast of the sub region. Avoids thick, pure grass.

Diet

Mainly browses, but also eats some grass, fruit and berries.

Reproduction

Single fawns are born throughout the year after a gestation of 210 days.

Behavior and Habits

Solitary, shy and secretive. Live in pairs or females with lambs. Mainly nocturnal but also active at dawn and dusk. Lies concealed in thick cover. If closely approached it moves off in a slinking run whereas duikers bound and steenbok sprint with intermittent leaps.

Sounds

Not recorded

Dung and Field sign

Pellets of 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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