Ecological Studies

Ibexes in an African Environment

Ecology and Social Systems of the Walia Ibex in the Simen Mountains, Ethiopia

Authors: Nievergelt, B.

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The Caprinae are characteristic ungulates of palaearctic mountain regions. The Walia ibex, Capra ibex walie, a member of the Caprinae, has colonized successfully the Simen mountains in Ethiopia, and as such presents an interesting act in the history of the Caprinae. Apart from the question of how the Walia ibex or its ancestors ever reached the Simen mountains, the only place it occurs, I would like to stress a further point: about half of the existing ungulate species in the world are endemic to Africa. Eightyseven species of the Artiodactyla are reported to live in this continent, while there are only 17 in South America (Haltenorth 1963, Delany and Happold 1979). Such abundance of ungulate forms must have been attended by optimal utilization of the various habitats and form co-adaptation of sympatric species (Lamprey 1963, Bell 1970, Gentry 1970). Despite such intense com­ petition however, the Walia ibex found its natural niche still open. Obviously, its adaptations to living on steep cliffs have favoured its establishment over the already existing ungulate fauna in an afroalpine mountain area. In fact, none of the Cervids has achieved a similar successful colonisation on the African continent, even though they are much older as a group, and have already shown themselves to be well established on the American and Eurasian continents.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ibexes in an African Environment
Book Subtitle
Ecology and Social Systems of the Walia Ibex in the Simen Mountains, Ethiopia
Authors
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
40
Copyright
1981
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-67958-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-67958-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-67960-5
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 192
Number of Illustrations
62 b/w illustrations
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