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Mammalia > Artiodactyla > Bovidae > Ovis

Ovis ammon Linnaeus, 1758 – Argali

Taxonomic Notes:

Argali is also known as Mountain Sheep. There are 9 subspecies recognized that are distributed at high altitudes of central Asia.

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

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Status, Habitat and Habits:

Argali is the largest wild sheep species. It is distributed in the high elevations mountains. In India, it is distributed in Himalays of Ladakh and Tibet.

Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

According to IUCN Red List assessment, population of this species is decreasing all over its range. There are no recent estimates of its population. Main threat to its existence in wild come from habitat fragmentation, overgrazing by livestock, mining, and hunting for skin.

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Bayani, A. 2023. Ovis ammon Linnaeus, 1758 – Argali. A. Bayani, R. Chakravarty, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (editors). Mammals of India, v. 1.13. editors.
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