Stotting in Damaliscus

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Stotting ( and and and and is known to occur in the genus Damaliscus (Estes 1991).

However, this behaviour has seldom been photographed in this genus.

The reasons probably include the following:

  • Damaliscus seems less inclined to stotting than is another alcelaphin, viz. Alcelaphus caama,
  • Damaliscus pygargus has never been photographed in a wild state, because the species has been conserved in areas devoid of the original carnivores (this has been partly rectified in Rietvlei Nature Reserve ( and Mountain Zebra National Park (, where Acinonyx jubatus has been reintroduced), and
  • even where Damaliscus occurs in the wild, it has seldom been observed interacting with Lycaon pictus, the predator most likely to elicit stotting.

In this Post, I exclude style-trotting, which has been photographed in Damaliscus jimela.

Damaliscus lunatus lunatus:

The following shows stotting in an adult individual of Damaliscus lunatus lunatus. I know of no other photo of stotting in the tsessebe; and even in this photo the behaviour is not acknowledged.

The following also possibly shows stotting.

Damaliscus jimela:

The following show stotting in juveniles of the topi.

The following possibly shows stotting.

Damaliscus pygargus pygargus:

In the bontebok, stotting seems to have been recorded only in zoos, and only in play between infant and mother.

Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi:

In the blesbok, stotting seems to have been recorded even less frequently than in the bontebok. I suspect this is partly because the blesbok is extremely sparing with its metabolic energy during the dry, cool season (

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Publicado el 19 de marzo de 2023 por milewski milewski


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