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- n. A small antelope of genus Raphicerus from South Africa
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small South African antelope (Neotragus melanotis). It is speckled with gray and chestnut, above; the under parts are reddish fawn.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A South African antelope, Calotragus or Neotragus melanotis, of small stature and reddish-brown color flecked with white. It is easily captured, and furnishes excellent venison.
The fauna in the Swartberg and Cederberg protected areas reflects their location close to the fynbos-Karoo interface with species such as grysbok Raphicerus melanotis, grey rhebuck Pelea capreolus and klipspringer Oreotragus oreotragus, steenbok Raphicerus campestris and grey duiker Sylvicapra grimmia, as well as karoo species not usually found in mountain fynbos such as springbok Antidorcas marsupialus.
The most common antelope species in the Cape mountains are the Cape grysbok (Raphicerus melanotis), common duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia), and klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus).
The hotspot is also the home of several small solitary antelope species including the Cape grysbok (Raphicerus melanotis).
The mammalian fauna of the Albany Thicket is characterized by different species of antelope including bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus), grey rhebok (Pelea capreolus), mountain reedbuck (Redunca fulvorufula), eland (Taurotragus oryx), greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), red hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus), cape grysbok (Raphicerus melanotis) and common duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia).
Also present, but more rarely seen ungulates include the following: common duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia), sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekei), buffalo (Syncerus caffer), steenbok (Raphicerus campestris), eland (Taurotragus oryx), and grysbok (Raphicerus sharpei).
Sharpe’s grysbok (Raphicerus sharpei), a little known, probably rare antelope, is well represented in this ecoregion, where it favors dense mopane vegetation.
Sharpe’s grysbok (Raphicerus sharpei) is mainly restricted to low thicket and secondary growth around rocky outcrops.