Red-flanked duiker

Duiker  Duiker  Duiker 

Cephalophus rufilatus (Gray, 1846)

French: Céphalophe à flancs roux
German: Rotflanken-, Blaurückenducker


no subspecies


Total length: 60 - 80 cm
Tail length: 7 - 10 cm
Shoulder height: 30 - 38 cm
Weight: 6 - 14 kg
Gestation: 7 - 8 months (?)

The body of the small duiker is reddish-brown with a bluish-grey dorsal stripe from tail to nose. The legs are also in this darker color and there are black and white markings on the ears. Relatively to its size, it has the largest preorbital glands of any duiker which indicates active marking behaviour.



South Sudan. Occurs in the Southern and Lantot National Parks and Bangangai, Bire Kpatuos, Mbazirunga and Numantina Game Reserves.


Least tied to lowland high forest of all duikers. It occurs in forest fringes, secondary forest and woodlands and even those edging on savanna.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Category, ver 3.1:

Trend: Decreasing

Ex situ programs/Collection plans:

EAZA RCP status:

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 AZA RCP status:

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