West Caucasian Tur


West Caucasian Tur

Taxobox
name = West Caucasian Tur
status = EN
trend = down
status_system = iucn2.3


imagewidth = 250px
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Mammalia
ordo = Artiodactyla
familia = Bovidae
subfamilia = Caprinae
genus = "Capra"
species = "C. caucasica"
binomial = "Capra caucasica"
binomial_authority = Güldenstädt and Pallas, 1783

The West Caucasian Tur ("Capra caucasica") is a mountain dwelling goat antelope found only in the western half of the Caucasus Mountain range.

West Caucasian Turs stand up to convert|1|m|in tall at the shoulder and weigh around convert|65|kg. West Caucasian Turs have large but narrow bodies and short legs. West Caucasian Turs have a chestnut coat with a yellow underbelly and darker legs. The horns are scimitar shaped and heavily ridged. In males these horns are around convert|70|cm while in females they are much smaller.

West Caucasian Turs live in rough mountainous terrain between convert|800|and|4000|m|ft above sea level where they eat mainly grasses and leaves and are preyed upon by wolves and lynxes. West Caucasian Turs are nocturnal, eating in the open at night and sheltering during the day. Females live in herds of around ten individuals, while males are solitary.

The wild population is estimated 5000 - 6000 individuals.

References

* Listed as Endangered (EN A1d+2cde v2.3)

Links

[http://www.ultimateungulate.com/Artiodactyla/Capra_caucasica.html "Capra caucasica" on ultimate ungulate web]


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