Kobus leche robertsi Rothschild, 1907:237

Roberts' lechwe, Kawambwa lechwe



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Kobus robertsi Rothschild, 1907:237; Cobus robertsi Rothschild 1907:237


Conservation Status


Last record: 7 October 1913 or later; "by 1950s" (Gippoliti et al., 2017)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Zambia (north-west (north-east?)) (Ansel, 1978:59; Ansell & Banfield, 1979)


Biology & Ecology




BM (skull and horns (missing lower jaw?); neotype)

RMAC 8811 (skin, male; obsolete accession no.?)






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Ansell, W. F. H. and Banfield, C. F. (1979). The subspecies of Kobus leche Gray, 1850 (Bovidae). Saugetierkundliche Mitteilungen 40: 168-176.

Birungi, J. and Arctander, P. 2001. Molecular systematics and phylogeny of the Reduncini (Artiodactyla: Bovidae) inferred from the analysis of mitochondrial cytochrome b gene sequences. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 8: 125-147.

Cotterill, F.P.D. 2005. The Upemba lechwe, Kobus anselli: an antelope new to science emphasizes the conservation importance of Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo. Journal of Zoology (London) 265: 113 -132.

Cotterill, F. P. D. (2006). The Evolutionary History and Taxonomy of the Kobus leche species complex of south-central Africa in the context of Palaeo-drainage Dynamics. Unpubl. PhD Thesis, University of Stellenbosch.

East, R. (compiler). 1999. African Antelope Database 1998. IUCN/SSC Antelope Specialist Group, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Gippoliti, Spartaco, Cotterill, Fenton P. D., Zinner, Dietmar and Groves, Colin P. (2017). Impacts of taxonomic inertia for the conservation of African ungulate diversity:an overview. Biological Reviews. doi: 10.1111/brv.12335

IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group. (2008). Kobus leche ssp. robertsi. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 30 October 2011.

IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group. 2017. Kobus leche ssp. robertsi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T11038A50190034. Accessed on 04 July 2022.

Jeffery, R.C.V., Bell, R.H.V. and Ansell, W.F.H. 1989. Zambia. In: East, R. (ed.), Antelopes. Global survey and regional action plans. Part 2. Southern and south-central Africa, pp. 11-19. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.


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