Unexplained convergence of ear flags in klipspringers and buffaloes
Oreotragus sp. photo © MONGO
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