Bos gaurus sinhaleyus Deraniyagala, 1951:121

Ceylon gaur, Sri Lankan gaur



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Bibos gaurus sinhaleyus Deraniyagala, 1951:121; Bos frontalis sinhaleyus Deraniyagala, 1939:235 (nomen nudum?); Bibos frontalis sinhaleyus Deraniyagala, 1939:235 (nomen nudum); Bibos sinhaleyus Deraniyagala, 1951:121


Conservation Status


Last record: Historic times (Grubb, 2005)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Sri Lanka


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Deraniyagala, Paul Edward Pieris. (1950). The elephant of Asia. (Presidential address at Ceylon Association of Sciences, 1949). Proceedings of the Ceylon Association of Sciences III: 1-18. [I am assuming that this is the citation of the original description, but it may in fact not be]


Other references:

Deraniyagala, Paul Edward Pieris. (1962). The extinct gaur of Ceylon. Ceylon Today 11(3): 14-16, 1 fig., 1 pl.

Deraniyagala, Paul Edward Pieris. (1963). Some mammals of the extinct Ratnapura Fauna of Ceylon Part V, with reconstructions of the hippopotamus and the gaur. Spolia Zeylanica 30(1): [pagination?].

Duckworth, J.W., Steinmetz, R., Timmins, R.J., Pattanavibool, A., Than Zaw, Do Tuoc & Hedges, S. (2008). Bos gaurus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 17 May 2013.

Grubb, P. (2005). Artiodactyla. In: D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed), pp. 637-722. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA.

International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. (2003). Opinion 2027 (Case 3010). Usage of 17 specific names based on wild species which are pre-dated by or contemporary with those based on domestic animals (Lepidoptera, Osteichthyes, Mammalia): conserved. Bull.Zool.Nomencl. 60: 81-84.


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