Ochotona erythrotis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Lagomorpha Ochotonidae

Scientific Name: Ochotona erythrotis
Species Authority: (Büchner, 1890)
Common Name(s):
English Chinese Red Pika
Taxonomic Notes: There are no recognized subspecies of Ochotona erythrotis (Hoffmann and Smith 2005). O. erythrotis was formerly included in O. rutila (Hoffmann and Smith 2005). O. erythrotis formerly included O. gloveri (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)
This is a widespread species that occurs in protected areas. There are currently no data to characterize the population status of Ochotona erythrotis, but it is unlikely to be declining at a rate significant enough for listing under a threatened category, if it is occurring.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The geographic distribution of Ochotona erythrotis encompasses the Chinese provinces of Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan (Smith and Xie 2008), and Yunnan. O. erythrotis is endemic to China (Smith and Xie 2008). This species is generally located at elevations ranging between 2,000-4,000 m (Zheng 1989).
Countries occurrence:
China (Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Yunnan)
Lower elevation limit (metres): 2000
Upper elevation limit (metres): 4000
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Population [top]

Population: There are no data regarding the current population status of Ochotona erythrotis.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Ochotona erythrotis inhabits rock faces and crags (Smith and Xie 2008). These typically lie adjacent to alpine shrubland or meadows (Smith et al. 1990). This species of pika creates simple burrows of one to two meters in length (Smith et al. 1990). O. erythrotis can have three to seven young per litter, with two liter per year (Smith and Xie 2008). The reproductive periodicity of this species is from May to August (Smith and Xie 2008). The total length for this species is 18.1-28.5 cm (Smith and Xie 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are not known. Collateral poisoning due to control measures directed at Ochotona curzoniae may be a potential threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Qinghaihuniaodao and Wolong Nature Reserves (CSIS 2008). There are few or no data concerning the population status of Ochotona erythrotis. It is therefore recommended that research be conducted in this area. In China, this species has been regionally Red Listed as Least Concern (Wang and Xie 2004).

Citation: Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. 2008. Ochotona erythrotis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T41260A10426246. . Downloaded on 25 November 2015.
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