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saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica)
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saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica)


Date 1894
Source The Book of Antelopes
Author Philip Sclater
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The saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica) is a critically endangered antelope that originally inhabited a vast area of the Eurasian steppe zone from the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and Caucasus into Dzungaria and Mongolia. Order: Artiodactyla, Family: Bovidae, Subfamily: Antilopinae, Genus: Saiga, Species: Saiga tatarica (Linnaeus, 1766).
Synonyms:
Antilope saiga Pallas, 1766
Antilope scythica Pallas, 1766
Capra tatarica Linnaeus, 1766
Capra sayga Forster, 1768
Cemas colus Oken, 1816
Ibex imberbis Gmelin, 1760

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Scientific Name: Saiga tatarica (Linnaeus, 1766)
Common Names:
English – Saiga, Saiga Antelope, Mongolian Saiga
French – Saïga
Spanish – Antílope Saiga
Taxonomic Notes: Saiga tatarica is the only species in the genus Saiga. Although there is little geographical variation, two subspecies are recognized: Saiga tatarica tatarica (the nominate subspecies, to which the majority of the global population belong), and Saiga tatarica mongolica (endemic to western Mongolia). Grubb (2005) recognized the Pleistocene mammoth-steppe Saiga as a distinct species S. borealis, including the living subspecies mongolica.

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