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Unexplained convergence of ear flags in klipspringers and buffaloes

 

KLIPPIES EARS

Oreotragus sp. photo © MONGO

buffy

Syncerus nanus photo © Jamie Lantzy

 
Given that klipspringers and buffaloes could hardly differ more in body size, habitat, and social behaviour, it is surprising that certain of these species have strikingly similar markings on the front of their ears. Indeed, such ear markings are arguably the most noticeable aspect of the entire colouration of these animals. Even more surprising is that – in both klipspringers and buffaloes – there are closely related species that lack any form of such display on the ears.  
 
Robin and the Honey Badger, 8 January 2017
 

                          

i.e. more intensely pigmented than the normal colour-morp
Last modified on 22 January 2017

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