Upemba lechwe

Upemba lechwe
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Synapsida
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Reduncinae
Genus: Kobus
Species: K. anselli
Binomial name
Kobus anselli
Cotterill, 2005

The Upemba lechwe (Kobus anselli) is a species of antelope found only in the Upemba wetlands in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was described in 2005, after analysis of 35 museum specimens collected in 1926 and 1947-8. It was previously overlooked due to its similarity to the lechwe K. leche, especially the black lechwe subspecies K. l. smithemani. Some authorities treat the Upemba lechwe as a subspecies, K. l. anselli, of the lechwe.[1]


  1. 1 2 IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group (2008). "Kobus leche anselli". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 5 April 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of critically endangered.

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