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Dorcatragus megalotis

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Superordo: Cetartiodactyla
Ordo: Artiodactyla
Subordo: Ruminantia
Familia: Bovidae
Subfamilia: Antilopinae
Genus: Dorcatragus
Species: Dorcatragus megalotis


Dorcatragus megalotis (Menges, 1894)


* Dorcatragus megalotis on Mammal Species of the World.
* Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2 Volume Set edited by Don E. Wilson, DeeAnn M. Reeder
* IUCN link: Dorcatragus megalotis (Menges, 1894) (Vulnerable)

Vernacular names
English: Beira
日本語: ベイラ
Polski: Bejra c

The Beira (Dorcatragus megalotis) is a small antelope that inhabits arid regions of Somalia, Djibouti, and eastern Ethiopia.

The Beira stands 1.5 to 2 feet (0.46 to 0.61 m) high at the shoulder and weighs between 20 to 25 pounds (9.1 to 11 kg). It has a coarse, red-grey coat with a yellow-red face. It has long, 6 inches (15 cm) ears and the males of the species have short, straight horns. There is presently a captive-breeding program at the Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation in Qatar. The current captive population is about 35 beira.

The term 'beira' is derived from behra, its Somali name.


1. ^ Heckel, J.-O., Rayaleh, H.A., Wilhelmi, F. & Hammer, S. (2008). Dorcatragus megalotis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 29 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of vulnerable.


* Description and Behaviour of the Beira Antelope
* Beira Antelope at Al Wabra Wildlife Preserve

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