Ammotragus lervia (Pallas, 1777)

Barbary sheep
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Description 1

Like a sturdy goat, with an elongated face and relatively short and robust limbs and relatively short tail. Its most distinctive feature is its long mane which extends from the throat to the chest, where it branches and continues along the front legs. It can live for up to 20 years in captivity.

Biology 1

A polygynous and non-territorial species, gregarious in habit, forming groups of up to 11 and areas of up to 3,300 hectares. Reaches sexual maturity at 9 (female) and 14 months (male). Mating period from September to November and gestation, with an average of a 1-2 lamb/birth at 5.5 months. Weaning for 8 months. Strict herbivore that feeds on all kinds of species, including woody and herbaceous species, based upon availability and evolution of palatability.

Habitat 1

They select their habitat based on the season: open and rugged areas in spring, forest areas in summer and pasture areas in autumn and winter. Potential competing species for food are the common deer (Cervus elaphus), fallow deer (Dama dama), the mouflon (Ovis musimon) and the Iberian wild goat (Capra pyrenaica).

Sources 1

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species.

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species - Mammals 1

Fuentes y Créditos

  1. Adaptado por INVASORES - administrador de un trabajo de (c) cartotragsatec, algunos derechos reservados (CC BY),

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