Cephalophus rufilatus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Cetartiodactyla Bovidae

Scientific Name: Cephalophus rufilatus
Species Authority: Gray, 1846
Common Name(s):
English Red-flanked Duiker

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Mallon, D.P. (Antelope Red List Authority) & Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment)
Listed as Least Concern as the species still occurs quite widely within its historical range and remains reasonably common (with a total population estimated at nearly 200,000). While the overall distribution and abundance of the Red-flanked Duiker will inevitably decline further with the expansion of settlement and increased hunting for bushmeat, its resilience will probably enable it to persist widely where hunting pressures are not severe. Its long-term conservation status should not deteriorate as long as it continues to be well represented in protected areas and hunting concessions throughout most parts of its range.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/conservation dependent (LR/cd)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This duiker formerly occurred throughout the band of savanna woodlands that stretches across West and Central Africa from Senegal and The Gambia to the Nile Valley (East 1999; Kingdon and Hoffmann in press). Formerly widespread in north-western Uganda, as far east as the Albert Nile (East 1999); a small relic population was discovered in the Bugungu G.R., immediately south of the Murchison Falls N.P. (Allan 1996).
Countries occurrence:
Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Sudan; Sudan; Togo; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: Published density estimates are summarized by East (1999), Wilson (2001) and Kingdon and Hoffmann (in press). East (1999) produced a total population estimate of 170,000. The population trend is gradually decreasing as human populations and hunting pressures continue to grow.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: An inhabitant of the savanna woodlands of west and central Africa. In Sierra Leone, it was formerly the commonest duiker species in the northern savanna and in farm bush on its southern edges; the replacement of primary forest with farm bush and other secondary vegetation has enabled this species to expand its range southwards to some extent (East 1999).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The Red-flanked Duiker withstands heavy hunting pressure and probably still occurs reasonably widely throughout much of its historical range. It is common in most of the protected areas and most of the forest reserves within its range where suitable habitat remains, including areas where poaching has greatly reduced or eliminated most other antelope species. However, while it is more resilient than most other antelopes in the savanna zone, its numbers are generally in decline because of human disturbance and severe meat hunting pressures.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The Red-flanked Duiker is well represented in protected areas (about half of the total population occurs in and around protected areas), generally in stable populations, with relatively large numbers in areas such as Niokolo-Koba (Senegal), Comoe, Haut Bandama and Marahoue (Ivory Coast), Mole, Bui and Digya (Ghana), Pendjari and W (Benin), Bouba Ndjida, Benoue and Faro (Cameroon), Manovo-Gounda-St. Floris, Bamingui-Bangoran and Sangba (Central African Republic) and Garamba (Congo-Kinshasa) (East 1999; Kingdon and Hoffmann in press).

Citation: IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group. 2008. Cephalophus rufilatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T4149A10466915. . Downloaded on 29 May 2016.
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