Gazella spekei

Speke's gazelle 2

Gazella spekei

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Superordo: Cetartiodactyla
Ordo: Artiodactyla
Subordo: Ruminantia
Familia: Bovidae
Subfamilia: Antilopinae
Genus: Gazella
Species: Gazella spekei

Name

Gazella spekei Blyth, 1863

References

* Gazella spekei on Mammal Species of the World.
* Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2 Volume Set edited by Don E. Wilson, DeeAnn M. Reeder

Vernacular names
日本語: スペックガゼル

Speke's Gazelle (Gazella spekei) is the smallest of the gazelle species. It is confined to the horn of Africa where it inhabits stony brush, grass steppes, and semi deserts (Kingdom 1982, 1997). This species has been sometimes regarded as a subspecies of the dorcas gazelle though this is now widely disregarded (Groves 1969). Severe habitat fragmentation means it is now impossible to assess the natural migratory or nomadic patterns of G. spekei. (East 1996). Its numbers are under threat, and despite an increase in population it was announced by the IUCN in 2007 that its status had risen from vulnerable to endangered. Captive population is maintained, and the wild population exists in the lower ten thousands. This Gazelle is currently (2008) classified as endangered under the IUCN Red List.

Speke's Gazelle is named after John Hanning Speke, an English explorer of Central Africa.
References

Antelope Specialist Group (2007). "Gazella spekei". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2007. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 12 September 2007. Listed as Endangered (EN C1 v2.3)
Photos of Speke's Gazelle at Al Wabra Wildlife Preserve

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