Blue duiker

Philantomba [Cephalophus] monticola (Thunberg, 1789)
French: Céphalophe bleu
German: Blauducker
Swahili: Ndimba, Chesi


Total length: 55 - 90 cm
Tail length: 7 - 13 cm
Shoulder height: 32 - 41 cm
Weight: 3.5 - 9.0 kg
Gestation: 197 - 215 days

The Blue duiker is the smallest of the duikers with large preorbital glands. The body color varies from brown to grey. It has large eyes and smaller ears.

S Sudan

The Blue duiker inhabits lowland and montane rainforests, riverine and littoral forests and thickets. Most of its diet are fruits. Territories are marked by scent clues from the glands.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Category, ver 3.1:

- http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/4143/0

It occurs in the Lantot N.P. and Bagangai, bire Kpatuos and Mbarizunga Game Reserve.

European Collection Plan (2003): ...
RCP status: EEP, Wineke Schoo, Arnhem, established 1995

Appendix II


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- http://www.ultimateungulate.com/Artiodactyla/Philantomba_monticola.html
- http://www.arkive.org/blue-duiker/philantomba-monticola/
- http://www.gisbau.uniroma1.it/amd/amd018b.html

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