Stotting in Damaliscus

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Stotting (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stotting and https://www.alamy.com/thomsons-gazelle-stotting-image259629646.html?imageid=EFAABF8B-00A1-4CBA-8D68-53A855AA9A22&p=42009&pn=1&searchId=036528663ee909d61b9916f3d5b00c5a&searchtype=0 and https://www.alamy.com/a-black-tailed-deer-stotting-across-a-winter-field-image235857060.html?imageid=B54ABE6D-1D1C-4675-A5D1-E7BBB47B563D&p=92827&pn=1&searchId=036528663ee909d61b9916f3d5b00c5a&searchtype=0 and https://www.mindenpictures.com/stock-photo/fallow-deer-(dama-dama)-doe-stotting-suffolk-england/search/detailmodal-0_80094346.html and https://www.mindenpictures.com/stock-photo/red-deer-(cervus-elaphus)-calf-stotting-minsmere-rspb-reserve-suffolk/search/detailmodal-0_80094369.html) is known to occur in the genus Damaliscus (Estes 1991).

However, this behaviour has seldom been photographed in this genus.

The reasons probably include the following:

  • Damaliscus seems less inclined to stotting than is another alcelaphin, viz. Alcelaphus caama,
  • Damaliscus pygargus has never been photographed in a wild state, because the species has been conserved in areas devoid of the original carnivores (this has been partly rectified in Rietvlei Nature Reserve (https://express.adobe.com/page/Yndn2/) and Mountain Zebra National Park (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Zebra_National_Park), where Acinonyx jubatus has been reintroduced), and
  • even where Damaliscus occurs in the wild, it has seldom been observed interacting with Lycaon pictus, the predator most likely to elicit stotting.

In this Post, I exclude style-trotting, which has been photographed in Damaliscus jimela.

Damaliscus lunatus lunatus:

The following shows stotting in an adult individual of Damaliscus lunatus lunatus. I know of no other photo of stotting in the tsessebe; and even in this photo the behaviour is not acknowledged.

https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/photo/running-common-tsessebe-in-okavango-delta-royalty-free-image/1485998229?phrase=topi+antelope&adppopup=true).

The following also possibly shows stotting.

https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-tsessebe-running-damaliscus-lunatus-okavango-delta-botswana-25903112.html?imageid=71F45FF2-1B7A-4EE8-9CD3-B232D39A25CC&p=74587&pn=1&searchId=1b4251c1cde468f45ceaad32d05bee8f&searchtype=0

Damaliscus jimela:

The following show stotting in juveniles of the topi.

https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/photo/young-topis-strotting-royalty-free-image/137729198?phrase=topi+antelope&adppopup=true

https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/photo/young-topi-strotting-royalty-free-image/137729199?phrase=topi+antelope&adppopup=true

https://www.mindenpictures.com/stock-photo/topi-(damaliscus-lunatus)-adult-pronking-blurred-movement-masai-mara-kenya/search/detailmodal-0_80068634.html

https://www.agefotostock.com/age/en/details-photo/presence-of-a-lioness-hidden-in-bushes-was-seen-by-the-migrating-topi-hence-it-stotted-for-safety/WE186217/1

The following possibly shows stotting.

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/run-like-the-wind-gm638081680-114195855?phrase=running+tsessebe+antelope

Damaliscus pygargus pygargus:

In the bontebok, stotting seems to have been recorded only in zoos, and only in play between infant and mother.

https://theworldlink.com/news/local/2-month-old-bontebok-debuts-at-zoo/article_961cedbc-bb8a-11ec-b170-673e9365c94b.html

https://www.oregonzoo.org/node/7361/media

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1029640830966480

https://ktvl.com/newsletter-daily/bontebok-antelope-calf-tutula-makes-debut-at-oregon-zoo

Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi:

In the blesbok, stotting seems to have been recorded even less frequently than in the bontebok. I suspect this is partly because the blesbok is extremely sparing with its metabolic energy during the dry, cool season (https://www.jstor.org/stable/2404031).

https://www.shutterstock.com/it/image-photo/blesbuck-jumping-this-black-white-photo-307957736

last few seconds of https://www.pond5.com/stock-footage/item/65434541-springbok-impala-wildebeest-and-blesbok

For an index to my many Posts about the genus Damaliscus, please see https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/milewski/78238-an-index-to-my-posts-on-genus-damaliscus#.

Publicado el marzo 19, 2023 12:45 MAÑANA por milewski milewski

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