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The Asian Black Bear (Ursus thibetanus or Selenarctos thibetanus), also known as the Asiatic Black Bear, Tibetan Black Bear, the Himalayan Black Bear, or the Moon Bear, is a medium sized, sharp-clawed, black-colored bear with a distinctive white or cream "V" marking on its chest. It is a close relative of the American Black Bear with which it is thought to share a European common ancestor. It is called 반달가슴곰 (bandalgaseumgom) in Korean. Asian black bears and American black bears are close relatives.[1] Both American and Asiatic species are thought of as sister taxa. They are more closely related to one another than any other species of bear.[2]


  1. Macdonald, David (1984). The Encyclopedia of Mammals: 1. London: Allen & Unwin. pp. 446. ISBN 0-04-500028-x .
  2. Bears of the World by Lance Craighead, Publisher: Voyageur Press, 2003, ISBN 0-89658-008-3, 9780896580084, 132 pages