duiker

(redirected from duikers)
Also found in: Dictionary, Medical.

duiker

(dī`kər, dā`–), name for members of a group of small, light antelopesantelope,
name applied to any of a large number of hoofed, ruminant mammals of the cattle family (Bovidae), which also includes the bison, buffalo, sheep, and goats. Found in Africa and Eurasia, they range in size from pygmy antelopes, 12 in.
..... Click the link for more information.
, found in thick brush and forest over most of Africa. All stand under 25 in. (64 cm) high at the shoulder. They have arched backs, pointed faces, and short, sharp, straight horns; in most species the horns are present in both sexes. Solitary, mostly nocturnal animals, they dive into the brush when threatened; duiker means "diver" in Afrikaans. Although primarily browsers, they are less exclusively vegetarian than other antelopes. Their diet includes grasses, leaves, twigs, insects, and snails. The gray, or common, duiker, Sylvicapra grimmia, is found in the bush from Ethiopia to the Cape of Good Hope and W to Senegal. It stands up to 25 in. and weighs up to 30 lb (14 kg). The local races vary in color from fawn to bluish gray. Females are usually hornless. The many kinds of forest duiker belong to the genera Cephalophus and Philantomba. The blue duiker, P. monticola, found in W and central Africa, stands only 14 in. (36 cm) at the shoulder. Duikers are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
..... Click the link for more information.
, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Artiodactyla, family Bovidae.

duiker

, duyker
1. any small antelope of the genera Cephalophus and Sylvicapra, occurring throughout Africa south of the Sahara, having short straight backward-pointing horns, pointed hooves, and an arched back
2. South African any of several cormorants, esp the long-tailed shag (Phalacrocorax africanus)
References in periodicals archive ?
1990) indicated that the conservation statuses of yellow-backed duikers and the bongos were satisfactory and that extensive swamp forest meant a widespread distribution of sitatungas all over the DRC.
Other mammals of conservation concern present in the SNP were: forest elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis), leopard (Panthera pardus), giant pangolin (Smutsia gigantean), African forest buffalo (Syncerus caller nanus), bongo (Tragelaphus euryceros), sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekei), blue duiker (Cephalophus monticola), bay duiker (Cephalophus dorsalis), and water chevrotain (Hyemoschus aquaticus).
Carcasses of 3 principal species were recovered: 65 great apes (50 gorillas and 15 chimpanzees) and 14 duikers (Figure 3).
The large number of carcasses found in this region, together with the results of animal population censuses conducted in the Lossi reserve before and after outbreaks, indicates that great apes are affected massively and duikers to a lesser extent (16,26).
Later in the night, another duiker slinks through my dreams, a huge yellow-back, with horns of impossible dimensions.
The numbers are just huge," Bennett says, especially when hoofed animals are taken into account: WCS estimates that 28 million bay duikers are killed annually, as are 16 million blue duikers.
The results of animal surveillance for Ebola virus in Africa found that ongoing outbreaks in both primates and duikers suggest that the virus may be able to propagate in a wildlife population (17), however, this characteristic has not been demonstrated in US wildlife species.
In tropical West Africa, both fruit bats and monkeys are commonly hunted and eaten and sometimes found in the markets, along with duikers, a pygmy antelope that can also carry the disease.
Once in a while however, it became apparent that, like Dorothy and Toto, we weren't in Kansas, because Kansas creek bottoms and cornfields don't contain any steenbok, duikers or warthogs.
Despite the fact that the majority of wildlife species hunted are elephants, duikers, pigs, rodents, and other primates, Africa's great apes (gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos) dominate media coverage of the bushmeat crisis (Stein and BCTF 2001), perhaps due to morphological, behavioral, and genetic closeness between humans and apes (Beck et al.
The species included gorillas, chimpanzees, various monkeys, and antelopes known as duikers.
I don't know what I've shot but the Bantu scurries into bush and after an unnerving amount of time emerges with the small duiker in his fist.