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Saiga antelope
Temporal range: Pleistocene–Recent
Saiga antelope at the Stepnoi Naitur Sanctuar
Scientific classification edit
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Faimily: Bovidae
Subfaimily: Antilopinae
Tribe: Saigini
Genus: Saiga
Gray, 1843
Species: S. tatarica
Binomial name
Saiga tatarica
(Linnaeus, 1766)
  • S. t. tatarica
  • S. t. mongolica
Reconstructit range (white) an current distribution o the twa subspeshies Saiga tatarica tatarica (green) an S. t. mongolica (reid).

The saiga (Saiga tatarica) is a critically endangered antelope which oreeginally inhabitit a vast aurie o the Eurasian steppe zone frae the fithills o the Carpathian Muntains an Caucasus intae Dzungaria an Mongolie. Thay an aa lived in North Americae durin the Pleistocene. The day, the nominate subspecies (S. t. tatarica) is anly foond in ane location in Roushie (steppes o the northwast Precaspian region) an three auries in Kazakhstan (the Ural, Ustiurt an Betpak-dala populations). A proportion o the Ustiurt population migrates sooth tae Uzbekistan an occasionally Turkmenistan in winter. It is extinct in Cheenae an southwestern Mongolie. The Mongolian subspecies (S. t. mongolica) is foond anly in wastren Mongolie.[3]


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  1. Mallon, D.P. (2008). "Saiga tatarica". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008: e.T19832A9021682. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T19832A9021682.en. Archived frae the original on 7 Januar 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  2. Sokolov, V.E. (1974). "Saiga tatarica" (PDF). Mammalian Species (38): 1–4. doi:10.2307/3503906. JSTOR 3503906. Archived frae the original (PDF) on 4 Mairch 2016. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help) "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived frae the original (PDF) on 4 Mairch 2016. Retrieved 13 Julie 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Saiga/mongolian Saiga (Saiga tatarica)". Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered. The Zoological Society of London. Retrieved 19 December 2012.