Wednesday, May 9, 2007

MNR - 062 - Nilgiri Tahr, Eravikulam

Stock Image No: MNR - 062
Nilgiri Tahr, Eravikulam National park, Munnar. The Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiritragus hylocrius) ungulate native to the Nilgiri Hills and the southern portion of the Western Ghats range in Tamil Nadu and Kerala states of southernmost India. It is known locally as the Nilgiri Ibex or simply ibex. Its closest relatives are sheep (genus Ovis). Until 2005, it was placed with the Himalayan Tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus) and the Arabian Tahr (Arabitragus jayakari) in the genus Hemitragus. However, Ropiquet & Hassanin (2005) placed it in a new genus Nilgiritragus, because it is genetically more similar to members of the genus Ovis (sheep) than to other tahrs.
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