Black wildebeest

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Black wildebeest
Temporal range: 1–0 Ma
Middle Pleistocene – present
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Black wildebeest in Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa
Scientific classification e
Unrecognized taxon (fix): Connochaetes
Species:
Binomial name
Connochaetes gnou
(Zimmermann, 1780)
Connochaetes gnou map.svg
Distribution range
Synonyms[2]
  • Bos gnou (Zimmermann, 1777)
  • Antilope capensis (Gatterer, 1780)
  • Antilope gnou (Zimmermann, 1780)
  • Antilope gnu (Gmelin, 1788)
  • Catoblepas operculatus (Brookes, 1828)
  • Bos connochaetes (Forster, 1844)

The black wildebeest (Connochaetes gnou) or white-tailed gnu, is one of the two closely related wildebeest species. It is a member of the genus Connochaetes and family Bovidae.

It was first described in 1780 by Eberhard August Wilhelm von Zimmermann.

Characteristics[change | change source]

The black wildebeest are usually 170–220 cm (67–87 in) in head-and-body length, and the typical weight is 110–180 kg (240–400 lb). Males are usually about 111–121 cm (44–48 in) at the shoulder, while the height of the females is 106–116 cm (42–46 in).

The black wildebeest are known for its white, long, horse-like tail. It also has a dark brown to black coat and long, dark-colored hair between its forelegs and under its belly.

References[change | change source]

  1. Vrahimis, S.; Grobler, P.; Brink, J.; Viljoen, P.; Schulze, E. (2017). "Connochaetes gnou". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T5228A50184962. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T5228A50184962.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. von Richter, W. (1974). "Connochaetes gnou". Mammalian Species. The American Society of Mammalogists (50): 1–6.