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Ochotona forresti

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA LAGOMORPHA OCHOTONIDAE

Scientific Name: Ochotona forresti
Species Authority: Thomas, 1923
Common Name/s:
English Forrest's Pika
Taxonomic Notes: There are no recognized subspecies of Ochotona forresti (Hoffmann and Smith 2005). This form was previously included in O. pusilla, O. roylei, and O. thibetana (Hoffmann and Smith 2005). This species is thought to be sister taxa to O. erythrotis (Yu et al. 2000). O. forresti is morphologically similar to O. gaoligongensis (Yu et al. 1992) and may also be related to O. nigritia (Hoffmann and Smith 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern 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)
Justification:
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
History:
1994 Insufficiently Known (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Ochotona forresti ranges from northwest Yunnan, southeast Tibet (China) to northern Myanmar, to Assam, and Sikkim (India) and Bhutan (Hoffmann and Smith 2005). The mapped range in Myanmar is totally speculative (Duckworth and Thaw pers. comm.). The distribution information in South Asia is not understood as there is taxonomic confusion (S. Molur pers. comm.) O. forresti occupies elevations of 2,600-4,400 m (Feng et al. 1986).
Countries:
Native:
Bhutan; China (Tibet [or Xizang], Yunnan); India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim); Myanmar
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Population [top]

Population: The current population status of Ochotona forresti is unknown.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Little or nothing is known regarding the behavior, ecology, and reproduction of Ochotona forresti (Smith et al. 1990). O. forresti inhabits mountain slopes facing toward the sun at elevations of 2,600 to 4,400 m in the forest belt (Feng et al. 1986). These high altitude habitats are typically coniferous or mixed broadleaf and conifer forests and shrubland (Smith and Xie 2008). It is speculated that this species of pika creates burrows (Smith and Xie 2008). The total length of this species is 15.5-18.5 cm (Smith and Xie 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Nujiang and Gaoligongshan (Yunnan) Nature Reserves in China (CSIS 2008). Due to the general lack of data regarding the population status, behavior, ecology, and reproduction research in these areas should be undertaken. This species has been regionally assessed in China as Near Threatened, nearly meeting the criteria for Vulnerable under criteria A2c+3c (Wang and Xie 2004).
Citation: Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. 2008. Ochotona forresti. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 April 2014.
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