A small population in the Helan Shan (Helan Mountains, Ningxia Province, China) at the northeastern end of the distribution area of the Bharal is believed to belong to a new, yet undescribed subspecies of P. nayaur [11]. Tan, S. et al. (2017) confirm this finding based on molecular data from cytochrome b and the mitochondrial control region sequences.  [13]

The images presented here (2019-08) are the first ones to be published in that context.

*It seems natural to call a putative new subspecies of Bharal from the Helan Shan (Helan Mountains) „Helan Shan Bharal“, yet the name is not confirmed.

Two males in fall / winter pelage. Helankou Rock Engravings Park, Helan Mountains, 2018-11
Male in fall / winter pelage – appearing reddish-brown. Helankou Rock Engravings Park, Helan Mountains, 2018-11
Male in fall / winter pelage – appearing greyish-brown with a blueish sheen. Helankou Rock Engravings Park, Helan Mountains, 2018-11
Young Male. Helankou Rock Engravings Park, Helan Mountains, 2018-11
Male, Helankou Rock Engravings Park, Helan Mountains, 2008-07. Photo: S. Seibel
Male in summer coat, Helankou Rock Engravings Park, Helan Mountains, 2008-07. Photo: S. Seibel
Male in summer coat, Helankou Rock Engravings Park, Helan Mountains, 2008-07. Photo: S. Seibel
Male, Helankou Rock Engravings Park, Helan Mountains, 2008-07. Photo: S. Seibel
Male and female, Helankou Rock Engravings Park, Helan Mountains, 2008-07. Photo: S. Seibel

Literature cited

[11] Shackleton, D. M (ed.) and the IUCN/SSC Caprinae Specialist Group, 1997: Wild Sheep and Goats and their Relatives. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan for Caprinae. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. 390 + vii pp

[13] Tan, S.; Wang, Z.; Jiang, L.; Peng, R.; Zhang, T.; Peng, Q.; Zou, F., 2017: Molecular phylogeny and phylogeography of genus Pseudois (Bovidae, Cetartiodactyla): New insights into the contrasting phylogeographic structure. Ecol Evol. 2017 Jul 31; 7(17):7047-7057.