Roan Antelope, Kafue National Park, Zambia, Nov 2011.jpg
Roan antelope, Hippotragus equinus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Hippotraginae
Genus: Hippotragus
Sundevall, 1845[1][2]
Type species
Antilope equina[1][2]
É. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1803

Hippotragus /hɪˈpɒtrəɡəs/ is a genus of antelopes which includes two living and one recently extinct species,[3] as well as some fossil relatives. The name comes from Greek ἵππος (híppos), "horse", and τράγος (trágos), "he-goat".

Image Scientific name Common name Distribution
Roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus equinus) male.jpg
H. equinus Roan antelope West, Central, East and Southern Africa
Sable bull.jpg
H. niger Sable antelope East Africa, south of Kenya, and Southern Africa
Le Vaillant blue buck.jpg
H. leucophaeus Bluebuck or blue antelope the southwestern Cape of South Africa

Fossil species


  1. ^ a b Grubb, Peter (2001). "Case 3178. Hippotragus Sundevall, 1845 (Mammalia, Artiodactyla): proposed conservation". The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature. 52 (2): 126–132.
  2. ^ a b ICZN (2003). "Opinion 2030 (Case 3178). Hippotragus Sundevall, 1845 (Mammalia, Artiodactyla): conserved". The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature. 60 (1): 90–91.
  3. ^ Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M., eds. (2005). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 718. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  4. ^ "Hippotragus gigas". Fossilworks.
  5. ^ Werdelin, Lars; Sanders, William Joseph (2010). Cenozoic Mammals of Africa. University of California Press. p. 773-774. ISBN 9780520257214.