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Rock-paintings of the common eland by the Khoisan seem cartoonish in depicting a whitish head and neck in contrast to the brownish body. No such blaze is mentioned in zoological descriptions of this, one of the plainest-coloured of antelopes. The solution to this puzzle is that the fur of the cheeks and side of the neck of the common eland possesses a peculiar type of ‘matt-sheen’ which is apparent only from a distance. In this aspect of the typical appearance of the species, the portrayals in modern field-guidebooks are less realistic than those in primitive rock art.


Robin and the Honey Badger, 22 March 2016







i.e. more intensely pigmented than the normal colour-morp
Last modified on 01 April 2016

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