Warthogs (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) are extremely long-legged - not at all common concerning a pig species. Other very unique markings are the naming three pairs of warts: Two are located in the area around the eyes and one near the lower jaw. Noticeable is the reddish neck- and back-mane. The upper canine teeth are the longest and strongest among all pig species; they might reach a length up to 60 cm in adult males. Male Warthogs reach weigths up to 140 kg and lengths up to 150 cm. They are about 20% larger than the females. Warthogs inhabit steppes and savannas south of the Sahara. They prefer open areas without a lot of trees and bushes. They still can be found in quite large numbers and are not endangered at the moment. Warthogs feed on grass and seeds, exceptionally take fruits and from time to time even carrion.
The Desert warthog is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Namings for the desert warthogThe females are called 'sow' and males 'boar'. A desert warthog group is called a 'drift or herd'.