Short tandem repeat (STR) based genetic diversity and relationship of domestic sheep breeds with primitive wild Punjab Urial sheep (Ovis vignei
There are three subspecies of Urial Ovis vignei
distributed in different ecological zones of the country (Shackleton, 1997) viz.
Ladakh urial or shapu (Ovis vignei
vignei) is an endangered wild sheep still occurring in small pockets in certain areas of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) besides Ladakh in India.
Asiatic cheetahs mainly preyed on wild sheep (Ovis vignei
) which composed more than 50% of consumed biomass.
Himalayan ibex (Capra ibex sibirica) Blue sheep (Pseudois nayaur) Astore markhor (Capra falconeri falconeri) Ladakh urial (Ovis vignei
) Marco polo sheep (Ovis ammon polii) and Himalayan musk deer (Moschus chrysogaster) in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Only the mountains, which are less accessible to vehicles, support remnant populations of wild sheep (Ovis vignei
), tahr (Hemitragus jayakari), ibex, and Arabian leopards (Panthera pardus nimr), which stubbornly cling on, are surviving against the odds.
There are caprine species in Pakistan divided in to 7 species and 5 subspecies (Mirza, 1975; Hesse et al., 1977; Roberts, 1997; Chaudhry, 2011) i.e., Western Himalayan goat (Naemorhedus goral); blue sheep (Pseudois nayur nayur); Sind wild goat (Capra aegagrus blythi); Chiltan wild goat (Capra aegagrus chialtnensis); Asiatic or Himalayan ibex (Ibex siberica); flare horned markhor (Capra falconeri falconeri); straight horned markhor (Capra falconeri megaceros); blandford urial (Ovis vignei
blandfordi); Afghan urial (Ovis vignei
cycloceros); Punjab urial (Ovis vignei
punjabiensis); Ladakh urial (Ovis vignei
vignei); Marcopolo sheep (Ovis ammon polii).
Mitochondrial ATP6 and ATP8 Genes Based Molecular Diversity and Phylogenetic Analysis in Punjab Urial (Ovis vignei
Ladak hurial (Ovis vignei
vignei) is a threatened wild sheep, vulnerable and listed in the Appendix 1 of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora, present in small pockets of northern Pakistan including Chitral district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), and in Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir) in India.
Some observations on the population Status of Punjab Urial (Ovis vignei
punjabiensis) in district Chakwal.
Present study provides information on population and habitat status of the Punjab urial (Ovis vignei
punjabiensis) in Diljabba-Domeli Game Reserve located in District Jhelum.
A study on Punjab urial (Ovis vignei
punjabiensis) was conducted in Soan valley during June 2011 to find out its distribution, population status and potential threats.