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Kirk's dikdik

Madoqua kirkii (Günther, 1880)
French: Dik-Dik de Kirk
German: Kirkdikdik; Zwergrüsseldikdik
Swahili: Suguya, Digidigi

Subspecies
none

Description
Total length: 55 - 72 cm
Tail length: 4 - 6 cm
Shoulder height: 35 - 45 cm
Weight: 3.8 - 7.2 kg
Gestation: 169 - 174 days

This body of this slender dikdik is of salt-and-pepper color. A white ring of short hairs circles the eyes. Only males carry horns of up to 10 cm.

Distribution
Somalia

Ecology
Thickets are the typical habitat of this dikdik species. Kirk's dikdik are both diurnal and nocturnal and mark their territories by adding their dung. Kingdon mentions subspecies of genetically distinction (different numbers of chromosomes) which cannot produce fertile offspring. the species is monogamous.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Category, ver 3.1:

- http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/12670/0

Trend:

The range of Kirk's Dik-dik includes protected areas such as Bush Bush N.P. in Somalia.


European Collection Plan (2003): ...
RCP status: ESB, Klaus Müller-Schilling, Hannover, established 1999

Recommendations
The most urgent research action required is a thorough evaluation of the taxonomic status of the identified cytotypes; if these are confirmed to represent distinct species, then the status of the various forms will require reassessment.

Literatur
Brotherton PM, Pemberton JM, Komers PE & Malarky G (1997): Genetic and behavioural evidence of monogamy in a
mammal, Kirk's dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii). Proceedings of the Society of London. Biological sciences, 264: 675-681.
Dorst J & Dandelot P (1970): Larger Mammals of Africa, Collins Field Guide, London.
East R (1999): African Antelope Databese 1998. IUCN/SSC Antelope Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.
Haltenorth T & Diller H (1977): Saeugetiere Afrikas und Madagaskars, BLV Verlagsgesellschaft, Muenchen. 
Kingdon J (1997): The Kingdon Field Guide To African Mammals, Academic Press, San Diego.
Wilson DE & Reeder DM (2005): Mammal species of the world. A taxonomic and geographic reference. Third Ed., Vol. 1 The John Hopkins University Press, Balitmore.

 

Links

- http://www.ultimateungulate.com/Artiodactyla/Madoqua_kirkii.html
- http://www.zoodirektoren.de/staticsite/staticsite.php?menuid=316&topmenu=163&keepmenu=inactive
- http://www.gisbau.uniroma1.it/amd/amd180b.html

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