Curtin, Charles B. Department of Biology, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.
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One of several species of mammals included in the tribe Rupicaprini of the family Bovidae. The group is heterogeneous in form, but all have characteristics that are intermediate between goats and antelopes. The chamois (see illustration) is the only European species of the group and is indigenous to mountainous areas, especially the Alps. About nine races are recognized, based on their geographical range. The chamois, however, is becoming rare. See also: Antelope; Endangered species; Mammalia
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