Plains Zebra

Equus burchelli antiquorum

Plains zebra of the Chapman's subspecies can be distinguished from the other species of zebras by the shadow-like brownish stripes between the usual black stripes. (These stripes can be easily seen in the picture, which was taken at the Melbourne zoo, in 1995.)

Another subspecies of plains zebra is Grant's zebra, shown on the following picture.

Equus burchelli boehmi

Grant's zebras do not have shadow-like stripes like the Chapman's subspecies, and they are the most numerous and common ones. Picture taken at the Chicago zoo, in May, 2000.

Two more subspecies of plains zebra have been extinct: Burchell's zebra (Equus burchelli burchelli), which lacked stripes on the hindquarters, and the Quagga (Equus burchelli quagga), which was yellowish-brown with stripes that were confined to the head, neck and forebody.

Family Equidae
Order Perissodactyla
Subclass Eutheria
Class Mammalia
Subphylum Vertebrata
Phylum Chordata
Kingdom Animalia
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