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The horn bases of the Reedbuck Redunca arundinum

H. Jungius, C.P. Claussen, W. Germany
Koedoe | Vol 18, No 1 | a917 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v18i1.917 | © 1975 H. Jungius, C.P. Claussen, W. Germany | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 July 1975 | Published: 29 July 1975

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H. Jungius,
C.P. Claussen,
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Abstract

The structure and function of the horn bases of the reedbuck Redunca arundinum are discussed. It is shown that the white colouration which often occurs is not caused by glandular secretion but by small horn particles which are shed, exposing the lighter coloured material underneath. The shining horn base probably plays a role in the display behaviour of males.


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