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Browsing through a species group

Depending on your selection, you can have a family or genus displayed.

You have a number of filter options: a. all, ticked or non-ticked (Default all); b. Geographical areas (default All) and c. checklist to be used (default as per your personal settings - Clements 6.7 for birds and GT 2.0 for non-birds). If you have modified the options, you need to click on "Set Filter" to activate.

* Column 1 gives sequence # based on the checklist that has been filtered
* Column 2 has a green tick marker if you have ticked the taxa
* Column 3 shows the IUCN codes (click on the code and you will be linked to IUCN species info site)

By clicking on on the menu line on any of these 3 columns (and column 5 and 6, see below), it will sort ascendingly or descendingly. You restore to the default sequence by clicking on column 1 until you have sequence #1 at the top.

* Column 4 has a Show/Hide marker for polytypic species (i.e. a species with multiple subspecies) - click on to show the underlying taxa; click again to hide. If you have expanded a number of polytypic species, you can hide them all by clicking on the species group itself.

* Column 5 (English name), column 6 (Scientific name) and, if you have the language option other than English, column 7 (Domestic name) are self-explanatory. The English and scientific names are from the checklist that has been filtered (in this case Clements 6.7). The domestic names come from various sources and translations.

* Column 8 has markers for species or subspecies with photos ( links to Photo Gallery) and those which lack photos ( links to Photo Upload page).

You can set the value on how many entries you want to display at a time. Also, you have a Search field with a predictive search function (starts after you have typed two letters) which is handy when browsing through big species groups like e.g. hummingbirds.

Finally, you will be redirected to the info page of the species which is highlighted in yellow by clicking on it.
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1 Waterbuck
Kobus ellipsiprymnus
Formerly occurred throughout most of sub-Saharan Africa. It has been eliminated widely within its former range, but survives in many protected areas and in some other areas which are sparsely populated by humans. Possibly extinct in the Gambia.
2     Defassa Waterbuck
    Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa
Found west of the western Rift Valley and south of the Sahel from Eritrea in the east to Guinea Bissau in the west; its most northerly point of distribution is in southern Mali. A population still exists in Niokola-Koba in Senegal. Defassa also range east of the Congo Basin forest, spreading west below the basin’s southern limit through Zambia into Angola. Another arm extends north, west of the Congo Basin to the Zaïre R. in Congo Republic. Defassa are extinct in Gambia (though vagrants may enter from Senegal)(IUCN).
3     Common Waterbuck
    Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus
This is the waterbuck found east of the Great Rift Valley and in the southern portion of the continent. It occurs in Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
4 Kob
Kobus kob
Kob have a patchy distribution ranging from Senegal and Guinea-Bissau to Uganda, southern Sudan, and south-west Ethiopia.
5     Buffon's Kob
    Kobus kob kob
from Senegal to Central African Republic and DR Congo. They are now extinct in the Gambia and Sierra Leone and most likely in southern Mauritania.
6     White-eared Kob
    Kobus kob leucotis
occcurs in Sudan, south-west Ethiopia and extreme north-east Uganda.
7     Uganda Kob
    Kobus kob thomasi
Occurs in north-east DR Congo, south-west Sudan and widely throughout Uganda. They once ranged into south-west Kenya, and lakeside areas of north-west Tanzania, but are now extinct there (IUCN).
8 Southern Lechwe
Kobus leche
The distribution of the Lechwe is discontinuous, with major populations restricted to extensive wetlands in Botswana, Namibia, Angola and Zambia, and remnants of populations in south-east DR Congo. Present distribution is much the same as its historical distribution, except that range has contracted, particularly over the last century.
9     Upemba Lechwe
    Kobus leche anselli
SE DR Congo.
10     Kafue Lechwe
    Kobus leche kafuensis
Kafue flats, Zambia and DR Congo.
11     Red Lechwe
    Kobus leche leche
The total population is estimated at 98,000, of which 85% occur in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
12     Roberts' Lechwe
    Kobus leche robertsi
13     Black Lechwe
    Kobus leche smithemani
Numbers have stabilised at 30,000 since the late 1980s (East 1999, Jeffery and Nefdt in press). However, the entire population is restricted to the Bangweulu Basin, Zambesi where it remains at risk of poaching and is dependent on maintenance of a favourable hydrological regime.
14 Nile Lechwe
Kobus megaceros
Found only in Sudan and Ethiopia. In Sudan, the bulk of the population is found in the Sudd swamps, with smaller numbers in the Machar marshes near the Ethiopia border. In Ethiopia, the Nile Lechwe occurs marginally in the south-west, in the Gambella National Park, where its survival is probably highly precarious because of expanding human activities (IUCN 2011).
15 Puku
Kobus vardonii
The Puku formerly occurred widely in grasslands near permanent water within the savanna woodlands and floodplains of south-central Africa. It has been eliminated from large parts of its former range and reduced to fragmented, isolated populations, but some of these are still numerous. Large numbers now occur in only two countries, Tanzania and Zambia. Populations of Puku still occur in northeast Botswana on the Chobe River floodplain, and they occur as vagrants in the middle Zambezi valley of Zimbabwe and the eastern Caprivi of Namibia. (IUCN 2009)

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