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The urial (Ovis orientalis vignei), also known as the arkars or shapo, is a subspecies of wild sheep (Ovis orientalis). It has reddish-brown long fur that fades during winter. Males have a black ruff stretching from the neck to the chest and large horns. It is found in western central Asia. The other subspecies group of O. orientalis is the Mouflon (Ovis orientalis orientalis group). The two groups have often been considered separate species.[2] Urial is endangered specie.

Urial
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O. o. vignei
Trinomial name
Ovis orientalis vignei

ReferencesEdit

  1. Valdez, R. (2008). "Ovis orientalis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 5 April 2009.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link) Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of vulnerable.
  2. Grubb, Peter (2005). Order Perissodactyla. Pp. 708-710 in: Wilson, Don E., and DeeAnn, M. (2005). Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. 3d edition. Johns Hopkins University Presas, Baltimore. ISBN 0-8018-8221-4