genus of mammals

The gorals are four species in the genus Nemorhaedus or Naemorhedus. They are small ungulates with a goat-like or antelope-like appearance.

Chinese goral, Nemorhaedus griseus
Scientific classification e
Unrecognized taxon (fix): Naemorhedus

Naemorhedus goral
Naemorhedus caudatus
Naemorhedus baileyi
Naemorhedus griseus

The original name is based on Latin nemor-haedus, from nemus, nemoris 'grove' and haedus 'little goat', but was misspelt Naemorhedus by Hamilton Smith (1827).[2][3]

Until recently, this genus also contained the serow species (now in genus Capricornis).[1] The name "goral" comes from an eastern Indian word for the Himalayan goral. The four species of gorals are:

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Goral Girardinia diversifolia AJTJ.jpg Naemorhedus goral Himalayan goral (also known as ghural) Northwestern and northeastern India, as well as Nepal and Bhutan
Goral východní (Naemorhedus caudatus) - ZOO Plzeň 01.jpg Naemorhedus caudatus long-tailed goral Eastern Russia and China through western Thailand and eastern Myanmar. A population has also been found in the Demilitarized Zone on the Korean Peninsula
Naemorhedus baileyi red goral Yunnan province of China, to Tibet and northeastern India through northern Myanmar
Nemorhaeduscaudatusarnouxianus2.JPG Naemorhedus griseus Chinese goral Burma, China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, and possibly Laos.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Template:MSW3 Grubb
  2. Groves, C. P., and Grubb, P., 1985, Reclassification of the serows and gorals (Nemorhaedus: Bovidae). In The Biology and Management of Mountain Ungulates. Edited by S. Lovari. London: Croom Helm. pp. 45-50.
  3. Article 32.5.1. Archived 2016-03-14 at the Wayback Machine of International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature reads: "If there is in the original publication itself, without recourse to any external source of information, clear evidence of an inadvertent error, such as a lapsus calami or a copyist's or printer's error, it must be corrected."