Taxon profile


African Buffalo
Syncerus caffer (Sparrman, 1779)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Mammalia - mammals »  order Cetartiodactyla - even-toed ungulates »  family Bovidae - cattle, antelopes, sheep and goats »  genus Syncerus

Scientific synonyms

Bos caffer Sparrman, 1779 o
Syncerus cafer

Other names

= Affalo
= Cape Buffalo

Least Concern


juvenile animal

Intertaxon relationships

predator: Panthera leo (Linnaeus, 1758) - Lion, Crocuta crocuta (Erxleben, 1777) - Spotted Hyena

parasite: Haemonchus bedfordi Le Roux, 1929, Amblyomma astrion Dönitz, 1909, Amblyomma cohaerens Dönitz, 1909, Amblyomma eburneum Gerstäcker, 1873

Included taxa

Number of records: 5

subspecies Syncerus caffer aequinoctialis Blyth, 1866 - Nile Buffalo
subspecies Syncerus caffer brachyceros (Gray, 1837) - West African Buffalo

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subspecies Syncerus caffer caffer (Sparrman, 1779) - Cape Buffalo

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subspecies Syncerus caffer matthewsi Lydekker, 1904 - Virunga Buffalo
subspecies Syncerus caffer nanus (Boddaert, 1785) - Forest Buffalo

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Links and literature

EN IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018-1 [21251]

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species [] [as Syncerus caffer (Sparrman, 1779)]
Data retrieved on: 3 August 2018
EN Wilson D. E., Reeder D. M. (editors) (2005): Mammal Species of the World (MSW). A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed) [] [as Syncerus caffer Sparrman, 1779]
Data retrieved on: 5 December 2008
CZ Anděra M. (1999): České názvy živočichů II. Savci (Mammalia), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 147 pp. [as Syncerus caffer (Sparrman, 1779)]

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Names (not confirmed) - 1


o original combination

species extinct in area described by check-list