Six subspecies have been recognized, and resently Oates et al. (2022) described one as Dendrohyrax interfluvialis from Benin.
Coat is dark brown/black with clear, large, white back patch.
Compared to other Dendrohyrax species they are more calm and less shy. They call less frequently.
IUCN Red List assessment Least Concern LC
D. dorsalis is found in moist lowland forests and moist savannas to an altitude of 1500 m asl.
There are no behavioral studies of the species. Group structure is unknown.
In fact it is very difficult to find any articles about D. dorsalis.
Herbivorous, eats mainly leaves, shoots and seeds.
In many parts of the range births happen throughout the year.
Key reference: Shultz, S. & Roberts, D. (2013) ‘Dendrohyrax dorsalis Western tree hyrax’ In: Mammals of Africa. Bloomsbury. London.
Butynski, T., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Hoeck, H. 2015. Dendrohyrax dorsalis. The IUCN Red List of
Threatened Species 2015: e.T6410A21282601. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-
Oates, J.F. et al. (2021) ‘A new species of tree hyrax (Procaviidae: (Dendrohyrax) from West Africa and the significance of the Niger–Volta interfluvium in mammalian biogeography’, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, p. zlab029. doi:10.1093/zoolinnean/zlab029.