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Temporal range: Pliocene - Recent
Takin (Budorcas taxicolor)
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Caprinae
Tribe: Caprini
Genus: Budorcas
Hodgson, 1850[1]
Type species
Budorcas taxicolor
Hodgson, 1850

Budorcas is a genus of bovid that contains a single living species, the takin (Budorcas taxicolor). Two extinct species are known from the Pliocene, B. teilhardi from China and B. churcheri from Ethiopia.[2] The presence of the genus in Africa indicates that it was far more widespread in the past.[3]


Budorcas comes from Ancient Greek: βοῦς, romanizedbous, lit.'ox, cow' and δορκάς, dorkas, 'gazelle'.[4]


  1. ^ Hodgson, B. H. (1850). "On the Tákin of the Eastern Himálaya: Budorcas Taxicolor mihi. N.G. (With three Plates.)". The Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. 19: 65–75.
  2. ^ "Budorcas". Biolib.
  3. ^ Bibi, F.; Vrba, E.; Fack, F. (2012). "A new African fossil caprin and a combined molecular and morphological Bayesian phylogenetic analysis of caprini (Mammalia: Bovidae)". J Evol Biol. 25 (9): 1843–1854. doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02572.x. PMID 22816969.
  4. ^ Neas, John F.; Hoffmann, Robert S. (27 February 1987). "Budorcas taxicolor". Mammalian Species (277): 1–7. doi:10.2307/3503907. ISSN 0076-3519. JSTOR 3503907.