Ovis ammon jubata Peters, 1876:177

Northern Chinese argali



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Capra jubata Peters, 1876:177; Ovis ammon commosa Sjölander, 1922


Conservation Status


Last record: 24 August 1972 or later


Both wild and captive populations of this subspecies may still exist. Extant information is conflicting, and assignment of individuals to one subspecies of Argali (Ovis ammon) versus another can be difficult, especially given the scant comparative museum material which exists of O. a. jubata.



China (northern)


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Peters, W. C. N. (1876). Über ein neues Argali-Schaf, Ovis jubata, aus dem öestlichen Teile der Mongolei, im Norden von Peking. Monatsberichte der Königlich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, 1876(March): 177-189.


Other references:

Ali, A. (2007). Revised map of distribution of Ovis ammon jubata. Caprinae News (March 2007): 14.

Damm, G. R. and Franco, N. (2014). CIC Caprinae Atlas of the World (2-Volume Set). CIC International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation

Fedosenko, Alexander K. and Blank, David A. (2005). Ovis ammon. Mammalian Species 773: 1-15, 3 figs.

Geist, V. (1997). On the taxonomy of giant sheep (Ovis ammon). Canadian Journal of Zoology 69: 706-723.

Harris, Richard B., Wingard, Ganchimeg, and Junhuai, Bi. (2009). Status of the least understood wild sheep, the endangered northern Chinese argali (Ovis ammon jubata). Final report. PSF 2008/09.

Sjölander, D. (1922). The distribution and habits of the argali sheep of central Asia. Journal of North China British Royal Asiatic Society 53: 131-157.


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