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Neumann’s enigmatic gazelle (Gazella erlangeri) Threatened taxon or domesticated gazelle?

Wronski, T and Baermann, EV and Butynski, TM and Plath, M and Lerp, H (2012) Neumann’s enigmatic gazelle (Gazella erlangeri) Threatened taxon or domesticated gazelle? UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

One of the most challenging questions in regard to Arabian gazelles is the status of G. erlangeri Neumann, 1906 (Fig. 1). Gazelles currently kept in captivity at King Khalid Wildlife Research Centre in Saudi Arabia and Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation in Qatar (Fig. 2) show the described combination of diagnostic features, and thus, were considered to represent G. erlangeri, even though the exact provenance of these gazelles remains obscure. However, captive ‘G. erlangeri’ may have also originated from eastern Oman and could be therefore assigned to G. muscatensis (Fig. 3). Both taxa are considered ‘extinct in the wild’ by the IUCN Red List. Past conservation efforts have been plagued by confusion about the phylogenetic relationship among various—phenotypically discernable—populations (e.g., G. erlangeri, G. muscatensis), and even the question of species boundaries was far from being certain. This lack of knowledge had a direct impact on conservation measures, especially ex situ breeding programmes, hampering the assignment of captive stocks to potential conservation units.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Presented at: 86th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Mammalian Biology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Säugetierkunde e.V.), Frankfurt, Germany
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2017 09:04
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2017 09:04
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6902

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