Ochotona nubrica 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Lagomorpha Ochotonidae

Scientific Name: Ochotona nubrica
Species Authority: Thomas, 1922
Common Name(s):
English Nubra Pika
Taxonomic Notes: There are two recognized subspecies: Ochotona nubrica lhasaensis (includes O. n. lama), and O. n. nubrica (includes O. n. aliensis) (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. & Boyer, A. F.
Reviewer(s): Johnston, C.H. and Smith, A.T. (Lagomorph Red List Authority)
This is a widespread species that is not known to be experiencing a decline, and is presumed to be present in protected areas.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)
1994 Indeterminate (I)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Ochotona nubrica occurs in the trans-Himalayan region from the mountains in south Xizang, China, across the Tibetan plateau and into Ladakh, India (Smith et al. 1990, Smith and Xie 2008).

O. nubrica occurs at elevations between approximately 3,000 to 4,500 m (Smith and Xie 2008).
Countries occurrence:
China (Tibet [or Xizang]); India (Jammu-Kashmir)
Lower elevation limit (metres): 3000
Upper elevation limit (metres): 4500
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Population [top]

Population: There are few data regarding the population status of this species. In Nubra Valley, the type locality, it was characterized as common by locals during a survey conducted in 1980-1986 and again in 1989-1991 (Mallon 1991).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Ochotona nubrica inhabits alpine and subalpine desert scrub, where it is assumed to be burrowing, rather than talus-dwelling (Smith et al. 1990, Smith and Xie 2008). The subspecies O. n. lhasaensis occurs in alpine steppe (Smith et al. 1990).

O. nubrica forms well defined family group territories, but little is known about reproductive biology (Smith and Xie 2008). The total length of this species is 14.0-18.4 cm (Smith and Xie 2008). This species is characterized as a habitat generalist (Smith and Xie 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no threats to the status of Ochotona nubrica known at this time.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species may be present in Changthang and Karakoram Wildlife Sanctuaries in India (Mallon 1991). No conservation measures are currently in place for Ochotona nubrica and none have been proposed. In China, this species has been regionally Red Listed as Least Concern (Wang and Xie 2004).

Citation: Smith, A.T. & Boyer, A. F. 2008. Ochotona nubrica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T15051A4490611. . Downloaded on 27 November 2015.
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