Nilgai | taxonomy


The scientific name of the nilgai is Boselaphus tragocamelus. The nilgai is the sole member of the genus Boselaphus and placed in the family Bovidae. The species was described and given its binomial name by the German zoologist Peter Simon Pallas in 1766.[8] He based his description on a 1745 account of a male nilgai by British physician James Parsons in the 43rd volume of Philosophical Transactions (now known as the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society).[9][10] The nilgai has one other relative in the tribe Boselaphini, the four-horned antelope (the sole member of Tetracerus).[11]

The generic name Boselaphus comes from the combination of the Latin bos ("cow" or "ox") and the Greek elaphos ("deer").[12] The specific name tragocamelus comes from the join of the two Greek words tragos ("he-goat") and kamelos ("camel"). The binomial combination was first used by English zoologist Philip Sclater in 1883.[2] Boselaphus has often been misspelled as Buselaphus (first used by Ludwig Reichenbach in 1845 for the red hartebeest)[13] and Bosephalus (first used by Thomas Horsfield in 1851, when he mistook a nilgai specimen for a hartebeest in a museum catalogue of the East India Company).[2]

Other Languages
العربية: نلجاي
azərbaycanca: Hindistan antilopu
বাংলা: নীলগাই
български: Антилопа нилгау
brezhoneg: Nilgo
català: Nilgau
čeština: Nilgau
euskara: Nilgai
فارسی: نیلی‌گاو
français: Antilope Nilgaut
Gaeilge: Niolgá
한국어: 닐가이영양
हिन्दी: नीलगाय
Ido: Nilgavo
Bahasa Indonesia: Nilgai
עברית: נילגאי
ქართული: ნილგაუ
Kiswahili: Nilgai
лезги: Нилгау
македонски: Нилгај антилопа
മലയാളം: നീലക്കാള
मराठी: नीलगाय
Bahasa Melayu: Nilgai
Nederlands: Nijlgau
नेपाली: निलगाई
日本語: ニルガイ
Nordfriisk: Nilgauantiloop
norsk nynorsk: Nilgau
олык марий: Нильгау
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਰੋਝ
پنجابی: نیل گاں
русский: Нильгау
Scots: Nilgai
Simple English: Nilgai
سنڌي: روجھ
slovenčina: Boselaphus
српски / srpski: Нилгај
suomi: Nilgau
svenska: Nilgau
தமிழ்: நீலான்
удмурт: Нильгау
українська: Нільгау
Tiếng Việt: Linh dương bò lam
中文: 藍牛羚