Snow sheep

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Snow sheep
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Caprinae
Genus: Ovis
Species: O. nivicola
Binomial name
Ovis nivicola
Eschscholtz, 1829

The snow sheep (Ovis nivicola), or Siberian bighorn sheep, is a species of sheep from the mountainous areas in the northeast of Siberia. One subspecies, the Putorana snow sheep (Ovis nivicola borealis) lives isolated from the other forms in the Putoran Mountains. The snow sheep is most closely related to the North American bighorn sheep and Dall's sheep.


  • Kolyma snow sheep, O. n. ssp[citation needed]
  • Koryak snow sheep, O. n. koriakorum
  • Okhotsk snow sheep, O. n. alleni
  • Yakutia snow sheep, O. n. lydekkeri
  • Kamchatka snow sheep, O. n. nivicola
  • Putorana snow sheep, O. n. borealis
  • Chukotka snow sheep, O. n. ssp[citation needed]


  1. ^ Harris, R.B. & Tsytsulina. K. (2008). Ovis nivicola. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 5 April 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.