Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Artiodactyla > Family: Bovidae > Genus: Ammotragus > Species: Ammotragus lervia

Barbary sheep - Ammotragus lervia (Pallas, 1777)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Not evaluated (IUCN)
Protected by 2 international agreements
Reported as invasive by NOBANIS
Most preferred habitats
  • grassland
  • sparsely vegetated land
May also occur in
  • heathland and shrub


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.




Not evaluated


Not evaluated

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Algerianvuorikauris Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ammotrago Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Arruí Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Arui Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Barbary sheep English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Berberinis avinas Lithuanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Grivasta ovca Slovenian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hærusauður Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Lakklammas Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mähnenschaf German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Manenschaap Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Manfår Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mankesau Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Mouflon à manchettes French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Ovca hrivnatá Slovak Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Pecora crinita Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Sörényes juh Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Antilope lervia Pallas, 1777
Ovis tragelaphus Afzelius, 1815
Ovis ornata Geoffroy, 1827
Ammotragus lervia ornatus Geoffroy, 1827
Ammotragus lervia sahariensis (Rothschild, 1913)
Ovis lervia sahariensis Rothschild, 1913
Ammotragus lervia fassini Lepri, 1930
Capra lervia angusi (Rothschild, 1921)
Capra lervia blanei (Rothschild, 1921)
Capra lervia (Pallas, 1777)
Capra lervia fassini Lepri, 1930
Capra lervia sahariensis (Rothschild, 1913)

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External data

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