Lagomorpha (Rabbits, Hares and Pikas)


Lagomorphs comprise the pikas, hares and rabbits. The members of this order have a head and body length between 0.125 and 0.75 m, and adults weigh from 0.1 to 5 kg. All are terrestrial. Pikas are mostly diurnal whereas rabbits and hares are active mainly in the evening and night. They can be strong runners.

Keywords: lagomorphs; rabbit; hare; pika; teeth; rodent; ecology; evolution

Further Reading

Corbet GB and Hill JE (1991) A World List of Mammalian Species, 3rd edn, pp. 208–211. Oxford University Press: Natural History Museum Publications.

Honacki JH, Kinman KE and Koeppl JW (1982) Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, PP. 595–604. Lawrence, KA: Allen Press Incorporation and The Association of Systematics Collections.

MacDonald DW (1986) Encyclopedia of Mammals. New York: Facts on File Publications.

Meng J, Wyss AR, Dawson MR and Zhai R (1994) Primitive fossil rodent from Inner Mongolia and its implications for mammalian phylogeny. Nature 370: 134–136.

Walker EP (1975) Mammals of the World, 3rd edn, vol. II, pp. 647–664. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Wilson DE and Reeder DM (eds) (1993) Mammal Species of the World, 2nd edn. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press and The American Society of Mammalogists.

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Montuire, Sophie(Apr 2001) Lagomorpha (Rabbits, Hares and Pikas). In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001567]