Species / International Ovis

Low Tatra Chamois

Rupicapra rupicapra rupicapra x R. r. tatrica

Location

We lump the Low Tatra chamois (R. r. tatrica), from the Tatra Mountains of Poland and Slovakia, with Alpine chamois (R. r. rupicapra) because introductions of the latter have been made near Tatra chamois populations in Slovakia and it is possible they may have interbred.

Description

Scientists separated the Tatra chamois from the Alpine chamois in 1972 because of its larger skull and certain other cranial measurements, its somewhat different coloration, and its different ecological requirements. Its horns, however, are about the same size as those of the Alpine chamois.

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