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Afghan Urial - Species Detail
Ovis vignei cycloceros
Urial del Afganistan (Sp), Afghanischer Urialschaf (G), Urial du Afghanistan (F). Sometimes called Turkmen urial.
DESCRIPTION (male) Shoulder height about 32 inches (81 cm). Females are smaller.
Overall color varies from reddish-buff to yellowish-brown. Rump patch and underparts are white, the face a bluish-gray. Rams have a white bib, long black ruff on front of neck and a small black saddle spot in the winter coat. The horns are homonymous, triangular in cross section, and strongly wrinkled. The longest recorded horns measured 41-1/2 inches (105 cm) (Rowland Ward, 1909). Females have small, straight horns.
DISTRIBUTION Private ranches in Texas.
REMARKS The Afghan urial is native to mountain areas in parts of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
HYBRIDIZATION The Afghan urial is either known or believed to crossbreed, or to be the result of hybridization, when in a game ranch environment.
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