Cephalophus ogilbyi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Cetartiodactyla Bovidae

Scientific Name: Cephalophus ogilbyi (Waterhouse, 1838)
Infra-specific Taxa Assessed:
Common Name(s):
English Ogilby's Duiker
French Céphalophe d'Ogilby
Spanish Duiquero de Ogilby
Antilope ogilbyi Waterhouse, 1838
Taxonomic Notes: This species probably represents a species complex of three allopatric species. Indeed, one recognized subspecies, Brooke's Duiker (C. o. brookei), from West Africa, is now often regarded as a distinct species (Grubb and Groves 2001, Grubb 2005). Treated provisionally as a single species here, following Wilson 2001 and Kingdon 2013).

Intergrades and possible hybrids with Peter's Duiker C. callipygus have been reported and further investigation is desirable.  

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-01-07
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Hoffmann, M. & Mallon, D.
All three subspecies are estimated to be declining (further details in the subspecies accounts). However, overall is listed Least Concern because it is unlikely that the decline for the species as a whole has yet reached a rate that would qualify for listing as Near Threatened. However, habitat degradation and destruction and over-hunting are ongoing threats and if current trends continue, the status of Brooke’s Duiker and the nominate subspecies will decline further until both become confined to a few effectively protected areas such as Taï and Sapo.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Ogilby’s Duiker has a disjunct distribution in four areas of the equatorial forest zone in West and Central Africa (East 1999; Wilson 2001, Kingdon 2013): Brooke's Duiker C. o. brookei is endemic to the Upper Guinea Forest of West Africa, from Sierra Leone to south-east Côte d’Ivoire, and south-west Ghana; the nominate subspecies occurs on Bioko Island (Equatorial Guinea) and in south-east Nigeria and south-west Cameroon; the White-legged Duiker C. o. crusalbum occurs in Gabon, mostly south of the Ogooué River, and extreme north-west Republic of Congo.
Countries occurrence:
Cameroon; Congo; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea (Bioko); Gabon; Ghana; Liberia; Nigeria; Sierra Leone
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):2260
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Population [top]

Population:East (1999) produced an estimated total population of 35,000, including an estimated 5,000 Brooke’s Duikers, 12,000 C. o. ogilbyi and 18,000 of the white-legged form, though the latter estimate may be too low. Populations are probably decreasing throughout the ranges of Brooke’s Duiker and the nominate subspecies, with a few possible exceptions such as some protected areas. White-legged Duiker numbers are probably stable in considerable parts of its range in Gabon and north-western Congo where human population densities are very low.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Its preferred habitat is primary moist lowland forest, yet it is common in forest patches within the forest-savanna mosaic. It has been recorded in areas with a mix of high forest and logged forest, or high forest and secondary forest (but seems to be very rare in highly modified secondary forest). On Bioko, the species is also present in montane forest (to elevations exceeding 2,000 m) and in the higher altitude Schefflera forest zone, habitats which are normally occupied by other duiker species on the mainland (East 1999).
Generation Length (years):4.6

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is hunted throughout its range, but with particular intensity on Bioko, where the bushmeat trade has been well studied over a period of years (Colell et al. 1994; Fa et al. 1995, 2000; Juste et al. 1995; Butynski et al. 2001). Across the studies Ogilby's Duiker represent around 6% of wild animal carcasses at Malabo market. Colell et al. (1994) found that of animals taken by hunters in south-east Bioko, Ogilby's Duiker was the fourth most frequently collected species; 71% of these were shot and 29% were trapped. Less than 10% were consumed locally, the rest being taken to market, where prices as high as US$14 per carcass were paid in 1986 (Butynski et al. 2001), rising to US$94 in 2006 (W. Morra and G. Hearn pers. comm. in Kingdon 2013).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threatened by habitat destruction (due to agriculture, human settlement, and logging) and intense hunting pressure, mainly for bushmeat. Although hunting takes place throughout the range, it is particularly severe on Bioko (Kingdon 2013).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Brooke's Duiker is now known to exist in reasonable numbers in only a few areas, such as Sapo National Park and some other forests in eastern Liberia and Taï National Park in south-western Côte d'Ivoire. It has disappeared from the Bomfobiri and Owabi wildlife sanctuaries where it formerly occurredm but was seen in Kakum NP by Wilson (2001).

The mainland population of the nominate subspecies has only a few remaining strongholds, e.g., Korup National Park (Cameroon) and Cross River N.P. (Nigeria); it has also been recorded from several forest reserves (Forboseh et al. 2007). It remains relatively numerous on Bioko Island (Equatorial Guinea). The effective protection of the Gran Caldera de Luba Scientific Reserve is crucial to the survival of this species on Bioko Island.

The distinctive White-legged Duiker is now known to be relatively widespread and numerous in Gabon, including protected areas such as Lope and the Gamba complex, and Odzala N. P. (Congo).

Listed on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group. 2016. Cephalophus ogilbyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T4148A50183770. . Downloaded on 24 September 2018.
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