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


Biology & Ecology










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.

Emslie, R. 2020. Diceros bicornis ssp. longipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T39319A45814470. Accessed on 04 July 2022.

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.

Moodley, Y., Russo, I.-R.M., Dalton, D., Kotzé, A., Muya, Sh., Haubensak, P., Bálint, B., Munimanda, G.K., Deimel, C., Setzer, A., Dicks, K., Herzig-Straschil, B., Kalthoff, D.C., Siegismund, H.R., Robovsky, J., O’Donoghue, P. and Bruford, M.W. 2017. Extinctions, genetic erosion and conservation options for the black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis). Scientific Reports 7: 41417. DOI: 10.1038/srep41417): 1-16.

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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