Siberian Ibex


Siberian Ibex

Taxobox
name = Siberian Ibex
status = LR/lc | status_system = IUCN2.3


image_width = 200px
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Mammalia
ordo = Artiodactyla
familia = Bovidae
genus = "Capra"
species = "C. sibirica"
binomial = "Capra sibirica"
binomial_authority = Pallas, 1776
The Siberian Ibex ("Capra sibirica") is a species of ibex that lives in the Central Asia and Northern Asia. It was once thought that it was a subspecies of Alpine Ibex. It is found in Afghanistan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, and Russia.

Appearance

Individual sizes vary greatly, from heights between convert|67|-|110|cm and weights between convert|35|-|130|kg. Typical colouration is a light tan; mature males becoming much darker with white patches. Both sexes have beards and horns. While the female's horns are small, those of a mature male can grow to a length of convert|130|cm.

Reproduction

The female's gestation period lasts between 5-6 months, after which a single kid (sometimes 2 or even 3) is born. After 1.5 - 2 years, the kid is sexually mature. It can live for up to 16-17 years.

Behavior

Usually living at high elevations, sometimes above the vegetation line, they seek out lower slopes during the winter in search of food. When snow is heavy, they have to paw away snow to reach the vegetation below. Its main predators are wolves, snow leopards, and brown bears, young kids might also fall prey to lynxes, foxes, and eagles.

Habitat and Distribution

Its habitat is alpine meadows in Central and Northern Asia.There is also an introduced population in the Florida Mountains in Luna County, New Mexico [White Sands National Monument http://www.nps.gov/archive/whsa/oryx.htm]

ources

* Caprinae Specialist Group 1996. [http://www.iucnredlist.org/search/details.php/42398/all Capra sibrica] . [http://www.iucnredlist.org 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. ] Downloaded on 30 July 2007.

References

* White Sands National Monument [http://www.nps.gov/archive/whsa/oryx.htm]
* [http://www.ultimateungulate.com/Artiodactyla/Capra_sibirica.html]
* [http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Capra_sibirica.html Siberian Ibex] at "Animal Diversity Web"


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