Datasheet report for Ovis aries musimon (European mouflon).

In: CAB International (Hrsg.): Invasive Species Compendium.


The European mouflon is a wild sheep that originates from the Mediterranean islands of Corsica and Sardinia; it is thought to be descended from ancient (Neolithic) domestic sheep of Asian ancestry. It has been introduced to many countries in Europe and some elsewhere, mostly as a quarry species for hunting; the extent to which populations have become established or increased varies from country to country. In most countries there is little evidence of serious adverse effects (although there has been little research on the subject), but the mouflon is considered invasive in Hawaii and the Canary Islands, where it has had serious adverse effects on native vegetation.


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