The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Diceros bicornis longipes Zukowsky, 1949

Western black rhinoceros



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last Record: after 2000; 2012 (Gippoliti et al. 2017)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



West Africa












Original scientific description:

Zukowsky, L. (1949). Eine neue Nashornrasse aus dem Schari-Tschadgebiet. Arche Noah (Hagenbeck, Hamburg), 1: 16.


Other references:

Anonymous. (2011). Western black rhino extinct. Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series 48(11): 19072-19073.

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

Groves, Colin P. (1971). Species characters in rhinoceros horns. 2.J Sciugetierkunde 36: 238-252.

Hillman-Smith, A. K. K. and Groves, Colin P. (1994). Diceros bicornis. Mammalian Species 455: 1-8.

IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group. (2008). Diceros bicornis ssp. longipes. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 09 September 2011.

Lalonde, Emily and Mahoney, Hannah. (2019). Diceros bicornis longipes as a tool to test species de-extinction using somatic cell nuclear transfer. The iScientist 4(1): 36-46.

Rookmaaker, L. C. (2004). Historical distribution of the black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) in West Africa. African Zoology 39 (1): 63-70.


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