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Barcode data: Cephalophus natalensis
Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Cephalophus natalensis
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 3
Species With Barcodes: 1
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- 1996Lower Risk/conservation dependent (LR/cd)
There is a need for further taxonomic work to investigate the status of this species relative to Harvey's Red Duiker.
Red forest duiker
The red forest duiker, Natal duiker, or Natal red duiker (Cephalophus natalensis) is a small antelope found in central to southern Africa. It is found in forests and shrublands in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and southern Tanzania.
Red forest duikers are roughly 40 cm (16 in) tall at the shoulder and weigh 15 kg (33 lb) on average. They have chestnut coats, with dark patches on their faces and backs of their necks. They eat fallen fruit, foliage, and insects. They are territorial, with mated pairs defending territory. Usually, a single fawn is produced each year, with gestation estimated between 4 and 7.5 months.
Red forest duikers are on the IUCN red list of threatened species.
- IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group (2008). Cephalophus natalensis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 29 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.
- Alden, Peter (1995). National Audubon Society: Field Guide to African Wildlife. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. pp. 460–461. ISBN 0-679-43234-5.
This small, stocky antelope has an attractive chestnut-red coat that can, surprisingly, obscure its appearance in the dappled light of the forest. Both male and female Natal duikers have short, straight, backward-sloping horns, hidden amongst a tuft of long and bushy chestnut-black hair (3) (4). The horns of the male are around twice the length of those of the female (4). The margins of the ears, chin, throat and underside of the tail are white, while the upperside of the tail, ears and muzzle are black (2) (4). The neck turns blue-grey with age (3) and in ...
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