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Title: Dibatag  
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Language: English
Subject: Bovidae, Artiodactyla, Flores warty pig, Eudorcas, Nanger
Collection: Animals Described in 1891, Mammals of Africa, Mammals of Ethiopia, Mammals of Somalia, Monotypic Mammal Genera, True Antelopes
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Antilopinae
Genus: Ammodorcas
Species: A. clarkei
Binomial name
Ammodorcas clarkei
Thomas, 1891[2]

The dibatag (Ammodorcas clarkei), or Clarke's gazelle, is an antelope found in the sandy grasslands of Ethiopia and Somalia. Not a true gazelle, it is similarly marked, with a long, furry, black tail which is raised in flight. This gave rise to its name, which means "erect tail" in Somali.

The dibatag is listed by the IUCN as "vulnerable" to extinction due to hunting and human disturbance (including war). Only a few thousand individuals are left, with no captive population.

Male dibatags weigh between 28 and 35 kg (62 and 77 lb), and females range from 22 to 29 kg (49 to 64 lb).


  1. ^ Heckel, J.-O., Wilhelmi, F., Kaariye, X.Y. & Amir, O.G. (2008). Ammodorcas clarkei. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  2. ^ Thomas, O (1891) Proc. Zool Soc. Lond. pages

External links

  • Fact sheet
  • Homepage of the IUCN/SSC/Antelope specialist regional subgroup for Northeast Africa

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