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Brian Houghton Hodgson|
|Himalayan Tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus) Image: Kevin Payravi, Wikimedia Commons|
Brian Houghton Hodgson (1801-1894) was a naturalist, ethnologist and British civil servant who worked in India and Nepal. He was the first describer of numerous Himalayan birds and mammals, and several birds were named for him by others.
Hodgson was the namer of the Himalayan Tahr's genus Hemitragus. He described (Hodgson 1847, p. 699) the Himalayan Tahr as
On the next page of the same article, he states further that “in February 1842, a male Jháral [i.e., a Himalayan Tahr] in possession of the Court of Nepaul [i.e., Nepal] had intercourse with a female Axis,
The axis deer and Himalayan tahr apparently have an altitudinal contact zone at an elevation of about 1300 meters. According to the IUCN,
As for H. jemlahicus, the IUCN states that it ranges as low as 1,500 meters in Nepal. So the upper bound of the latter comes within 400 meters of the lower bound of the latter, and occasional natural contact between the two therefore seems likely.
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