Duiquer de Peters (Sp), Petersducker (G), Céphalophe de Peters (F). Named for Wilhelm Peters, German naturalist and former director of the Berlin Museum.
DESCRIPTION Shoulder height about 22 inches (56 cm). Weight 35-45 pounds (16-20 kg).
A medium-large duiker with a long, narrow muzzle. The hair on the nape of the neck is directed forward. The general color is yellowish brown in front, becoming reddish behind, with the underparts paler. A distinctive black dorsal band begins at the shoulders and extends to the rump, widening at the loins, and including the back surface of the hips and hind legs down to the hocks, as well as the top of the tail. The underside of the tip of the tail is white. The forehead and the head tuft (which is short) are orange brown, the side of the face is tan, and the lips, chin and throat are white. The legs are a little darker than the body. The horns (both sexes) are cone-shaped and thick and heavily ringed at the base. Females are similar to males, but are somewhat larger and have smaller horns.
HABITAT High rain forest, and also in second-growth forest.
DISTRIBUTION Southern Cameroon, extreme southwestern Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Congo (B). The Peters duiker is found west of the Congo and Ubangi rivers, being replaced to the east by the Weyns duiker.
TAXONOMIC NOTES Some authorities consider the Weyns duiker (weynsi) to be a subspecies of Peters duiker, but we follow Groves & Grubb in treating each as a full species.