Auricular flags in ungulates

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Auricular flag in Equus quagga boehmi

The following is one of the few photos of the eland (Taurotragus oryx) showing its (subtle and slight) auricular flag:

The following is an unusually clear illustration of an auricular flag in the impala: The back of the head is more conspicuous in the impala than in other antelopes, partly owing to the dark distal third of the ears. What is less well-known is that this is offset, when the light is at a certain angle, by a sheen that converts the normally fawn fur of the back of the crown to whitish. The dark/pale flag thus achieved is unique to the impala. The sheen is easily observed in the field but has seldom been photographed well. Some indication can be seen in

The following shows an auricular flag of the puku (Kobus vardoni): This is similar to that of the impala.

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Posted on 20 December, 2021 23:54 by milewski milewski


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