Amur Goral genome
Amur Goral Genome Project
What is an Amur goral?
The Amur goral (Naemorhedus caudatus), also known as long-tailed goral, is found in the rocky mountains of eastern and northern Asia, including Russia, China, and Korea.
The Amur goral is a wild and endangered Caprine species that differs from sheep, and goats having different chromosome number (2n = 56) from those of goat (Capra hircus, 2n = 60) and sheep (Ovis aries, 2n = 54).
The origin of the Amur goral remains unclear although its habitat covers high altitude mountain ranges from India to China, Korea, and Eastern Russia. It has a distinct rock-climbing ability that is perhaps the result of natural selection for evading predators such as tigers and leopards in the regions aforementioned. This feature must have left signature in their genomes.