On the taxonomy of giant sheep (Ovis ammon Linnaeus, 1766)

@article{Geist1991OnTT,
  title={On the taxonomy of giant sheep (Ovis ammon Linnaeus, 1766)},
  author={Valerius Geist},
  journal={Canadian Journal of Zoology},
  year={1991},
  volume={69},
  pages={706-723}
}
  • V. Geist
  • Published 1 March 1991
  • Biology
  • Canadian Journal of Zoology
Giant sheep or argalis (Ovis ammon Linnaeus, 1766) were classified into subspecies according to the nuptial coat of large males. Seven subspecies are recognized: nigrimontana, hodgsoni, jubata, darwini, ammon, polii, and karelini; kozlovi is a possible subspecies. The occurrence of dwarf argalis in Mongolia suggests that other subspecies may be described. This review corrects errors in earlier taxonomic studies based on inadequate understanding of seasonal and age-related pelages, invalid… 
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