African buffalo

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African buffalo
Temporal range: 0.7–0 Ma
Middle Pleistocene-Holocene
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An African buffalo at Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzanie.
Scientific classification edit
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Faimily: Bovidae
Subfaimily: Bovinae
Genus: Syncerus
Hodgson, 1847
Species: S. caffer
Binomial name
Syncerus caffer
(Sparrman, 1779)
Subspecies

S. c. caffer
S. c. nanus
S. c. brachyceros
S. c. aequinoctialis
S. c. mathewsi

The African buffalo or Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) is a lairge African bovine.[2] It is no closely relatit tae the slichtly lairger wild watter buffalo o Asie an its ancestry remains unclear. Syncerus caffer caffer, the Cape buffalo, is the teepical subspecies, an the lairgest ane, foond in Sooth an East Africae. S. c. nanus (African forest buffalo) is the smawest subspecies, common in forest auries o Central an Wast Africae, while S. c. brachyceros is in Wast Africae an S. c. aequinoctialis is in the savannas o Central Africae. The adult buffalo's horns are its chairacteristic featur; thay hae fused bases, fuirmin a conteenous bane shield athort the tap o the heid referred tae as a "boss". Thay are widely regairdit as vera dangerous ainimals, as thay gore an kill ower 200 fowk every year.

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  1. IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group 2008. Syncerus caffer. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. Downloaded on 08 April 2015.
  2. Grubb, P. (2005). "Order Artiodactyla". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 695–696. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 

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