Philantomba anchietae (Bocage, 1879)

Don E. Wilson & Russell A. Mittermeier, 2011, Bovidae, Handbook of the Mammals of the World – Volume 2 Hoofed Mammals, Barcelona: Lynx Edicions, pp. 444-779 : 716

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Philantomba anchietae


241. View Plate 51: Bovidae

Angolan Blue Duiker

Philantomba anchietae  

French: Céphalophe d'Angola / German: Angola-Blauducker / Spanish: Duiker azul de Angola

Taxonomy. Cephalophus anchietae Bocage, 1879   , Angola.  

Formerly included as a subspecies of P. monticola   . Monotypic.

Distribution. N Angola and SW DR Con-EO View Figure

Descriptive notes. Head—body 60-67 cm, tail 7-11 cm, ear 6 cm; weight c¢. 5 kg. Based on skull measurements this is one of the largest Philantomba   species. Specimens from coastal regions tend to be larger than inland individuals. The pelage is pale gray-brown, with the darkening of the dorsal surfaces (typical of the genus Philantomba   ) restricted to the base of the tail. The tail itself is black on the upper surface and white underneath. The sides are pale gray, blending to red on the posterior haunches. The transition between the red haunches and the dark at the tail base is well marked but not extensive. The legs are pale brownish-red, and the grayish-white of the underparts extends down the proximal half of the inner legs. Horns are typically present in both sexes but can be absent in females. Average length in males is 4.1-4. 6 cm; the horns of a single female measured 2-6 cm. Dental formulais10/3,C0/1,P3/3,M 3/3 (x2) = 32.

Habitat. Forests, thickets, and dense coastal brush.

Food and Feeding. There is no specific information available for this species, but likely similar to other Philantomba   duikers.

Breeding. There is no information available for this species.

Activity patterns. There is no specific information available for this species, but presumably diurnal like other Philantomba   duikers.

Movements, Home range and Social organization. There is no information available for this species.

Status and Conservation. CITES Appendix II (under P. monticola   ). Classified as Least Concern on The IUCN Red List (combined with the other nine blue duiker species within the P. monticola   complex). There is no estimate of the population size of the Angolan Blue Duiker, butit is believed to be widespread in northern Angola.

Bibliography. East (1999), Estes (1989), Grubb & Groves (2001), IUCN/SSC Antelope Specialist   Group (2008as), Lydekker (1914).














Philantomba anchietae

Don E. Wilson & Russell A. Mittermeier 2011

Cephalophus anchietae

Bocage 1879