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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: 'Ovis'
Species: 'O. orientalis'
Subspecies: 'O. o. vignei'
Trinomial name
Ovis orientalis vignei

The urial (Ovis orientalis vignei), also known as the arkars or shapo, is a subspecies of wild sheep (Ovis orientalis). It has reddish-brown long fur that fades during winter. Males have a black ruff stretching from the neck to the chest and large horns. It is found in western central Asia. The other subspecies group of O. orientalis is the Mouflon (Ovis orientalis orientalis group). The two groups have often been considered separate species. Urial is endangered specie.

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