Ochotona muliensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Ochotona muliensis
Species Authority: Pen & Feng, 1962
Common Name(s):
English Muli Pika
Taxonomic Notes: There are no recognized subspecies (Hoffmann and Smith 2005). Ochotona muliensis was originally described as a subspecies of O. gloveri (Hoffmann and Smith 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H.
Reviewer(s): Boyer, A.F. & Johnston, C.H. (Lagomorph Red List Authority)
This is a poorly known species of pika (Smith and Xie 2008). There are only a small number of specimens of Ochotona muliensis (Smith et al. 1990). Furthermore, there has not been a sighting of this species in 40 years (Smith et al. 1990). Data are insufficient to accurately quantify the threat category, at this time.
1996 Data Deficient
1994 Indeterminate (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Rare (IUCN 1990)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Ochotona muliensis is endemic to China and known only from western Sichuan, China (Smith et al. 1990). It occupies elevations up to 3,600 m (Smith and Xie 2008).
China (Sichuan)
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Population [top]

Population: This species has been characterized as rare and has not been recorded in 40 years (Smith et al. 1990). There are only a small number of specimens of Ochotona muliensis (Smith et al. 1990).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species "inhabits thicket and steppe habitat" (Smith et al. 1990). This habitat preference differs from that of O. gloveri, which prefers rocky terrain (Smith et al. 1990). This species is characterized as a generalized herbivore (Smith and Xie 2008). The total length of this species is 22.2 cm (Smith and Xie 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It has been suggested "that chemical control directed at other vertebrate species," may be a threat to this species (Smith et al. 1990).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Research is needed in the areas of ecology, reproduction, behavior, and threats (Smith et al. 1990). Additionally, efforts are needed to establish population status, as this species has not been recorded since the 1960's (Smith et al. 1990). This species has been regionally assessed, in China, as Vulnerable under criteria D2 (Wang and Xie 2004).

Citation: Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. 2008. Ochotona muliensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
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