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Equus ferus (Wild Horse)

Synonyms: Equus caballus ferus; Equus ferus ferus; Equus gmelini; Equus sylvestris

Wikipedia Abstract

The wild horse (Equus ferus) is a species of the genus Equus, which includes as subspecies the modern domesticated horse (Equus ferus caballus) as well as the undomesticated tarpan (Equus ferus ferus), now extinct, and the endangered Przewalski's horse (Equus ferus przewalskii). Przewalski's horse was saved from the brink of extinction and reintroduced successfully to the wild. The tarpan became extinct in the 19th century, though it was a possible ancestor of the domestic horse, and roamed the steppes of Eurasia at the time of domestication. However, other subspecies of Equus ferus may have existed and could have been the stock from which domesticated horses are descended. Since the extinction of the tarpan, attempts have been made to reconstruct its phenotype, resulting in horse breeds s
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Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
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Prey / Diet

Carex flava (yellow sedge)[1]
Carex panicea (grass-like sedge)[1]
Molinia arundinacea (purple moorgrass)[1]


Aquila chrysaetos (Golden Eagle)[2]
Cathartes aura (Turkey Vulture)[2]


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External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1Chodkiewicz A. and Stypiński P., Diet preferences of Koniks horses in disadvantaged areas: a case study from the Biebrza National Park Grassland Science in Europe, Vol. 16 (2011) pp. 326-328
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0