Abbottas duiker (Cephalophus spadix)

AttributeValue
FamilyBovidae
KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderCetartiodactyla
GenusCephalophus
Common NameAbbota™s duiker.
Type Abbotta™s duiker is most common between elevations of 1
Diet300 and 2
Size700 metres
Hight but may occur up to 4
Weight000 metres above sea level (2). As well as mature forest
Top Speed Abbotta™s duiker can be found in disturbed and secondary forest
Life Span and occasionally grasslands (1).More >>Species found in a similar habitatPink-headed warbler(Ergaticus versicolor)Mesilau stream toad(Ansonia guibei)Rana arboricula de bromelia(Bromeliohyla bromeliacia)
LifestyleMammalia
ColourHead-body length: 97 a“ 140 cm (2)Tail length: 8 a“ 13 cm (2)
Favourite FoodWeight50 a“ 60 kg (2)
Main PreyAbbotta™s duiker biology, The secretive behaviour of Abbotta™s duiker, along with its largely nocturnal habits and preference for dense vegetation, has meant that little is known about the ecology and behaviour of this species (1). It has been observed feeding on leaves in the forest understorey, and on vegetation in forest clearings (1), and may feed on fruits, flowers and moss (2) (5). An Abbotta™s duiker has also been seen with a frog in its mouth; duikers are known to occasionally capture and feed on live prey (3). The cryptic habits and alertness of Abbotta™s duiker unfortunately does not protect it entirely from predation. Young Abbotta™s duikers are probably preyed on by African crowned eagles (Stephanoetus coronatus) and pythons (Python species), while duikers of all ages may fall victim to leopards (Panthera pardus) (1). Lions (Panthera leo) and spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) may also hunt this duiker species in some areas (1).
PredatorsClassified as Endangered (EN) on the IUCN Red List 2006 (1).