Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Biological and Environmental Sciences Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: African forest and savannah elephants treated as separate species
Author(s): Hart, John
Gobush, Kathleen
Maisels, Fiona
Wasser, Sam
Okita-Ouma, Benson
Slotow, Rob
Keywords: Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Nature and Landscape Conservation
Issue Date: Mar-2021
Date Deposited: 4-Mar-2021
Citation: Hart J, Gobush K, Maisels F, Wasser S, Okita-Ouma B & Slotow R (2021) African forest and savannah elephants treated as separate species. Oryx, 55 (2), pp. 170-171.
Abstract: The African Elephant Specialist Group (AfESG) of IUCN will now treat African elephants as two species: the forest elephant Loxodonta cyclotis and the savannah elephant Loxodonta africana. This will be reflected in IUCN's Red List assessment update for African elephants, and in the next iteration of the African Elephant Status Report, both to be published in 2021. This concurs with Wilson & Reader (Mammal Species of the World, 2005), the primary IUCN reference on mammalian taxonomy, Wittemyer (in Handbook of the Mammals of the World, 2011), and Tassy & Shoshani (in Mammals of Africa, 2013).
DOI Link: 10.1017/s0030605320001386
Rights: This is an Open Access article, distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution license CC BY 4.0 (
Licence URL(s):

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Hart et al 2021 African forest and savannah elephants treated as separate species.pdfFulltext - Published Version205.5 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is protected by original copyright

A file in this item is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.