Taxon profile


Wild Goat
Capra aegagrus Erxleben, 1777

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Mammalia - mammals »  order Cetartiodactyla - even-toed ungulates »  family Bovidae - cattle, antelopes, sheep and goats »  genus Capra

Other names

= Goat



juvenile animal

Taxon in country check-lists*

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Although Capra hircus is older than Capra aegagrus, the ICZN (Opinion 2027, Case 3010) decided to "conserve the usage of 17 specific names based on wild species, which are pre-dated by or contemporary with those based on domestic forms".
Hence, taxonomists who consider the domestic goat as a subspecies of the wild goat should use Capra aegagrus hircus.

Intertaxon relationships

Included taxa

Number of records: 5

subspecies Capra aegagrus aegagrus Erxleben, 1777

Capra aegagrus aegagrus

subspecies Capra aegagrus blythi Hume, 1875 - Sindh Ibex
subspecies Capra aegagrus cretica Schinz, 1838 - Cretan Wild Goat

Capra aegagrus cretica - Cretan Wild Goat

subspecies Capra aegagrus pictus Erhard, 1858
form Capra aegagrus hircus Linnaeus, 1758 - Domestic Goat

Capra aegagrus hircus - Domestic Goat

Links and literature

EN Fauna Europaea 2.4 [305226]

de Jong, Y.S.D.M. (ed.): Fauna Europaea [] [as Capra aegagrus Erxleben, 1777]
Data retrieved on: 9 March 2012
EN Pest Information Wiki [Capra_aegagrus]

Pest Information Wiki [] [as Capra aegagrus (Erxleben, 1777)]
Data retrieved on: 5 March 2016
CZ Anděra M. (1999): České názvy živočichů II. Savci (Mammalia), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 147 pp. [as Capra aegagrus Erxleben, 1777]

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