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Ochotona gloveri

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA LAGOMORPHA OCHOTONIDAE

Scientific Name: Ochotona gloveri
Species Authority: Thomas, 1922
Common Name(s):
English Glover's Pika
Taxonomic Notes: There are currently three recognized subspecies: Ochotona gloveri brookei, O. g. calloceps, and O. g. gloveri (Hoffmann and Smith 2005). This species was formerly included in O. erythrotis (Hoffmann and Smith 2005). The subspecies O. g. brookei may be a distinct species based on molecular evidence (Niu et al. 2004).

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:
Ochotona gloveri is a widespread species. O. gloveri inhabits remote areas that are not likely to be infringed upon by human activities (Smith et al. 1990).

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Ochotona gloveri is endemic to China (Smith et al. 1990; Smith and Xie 2008). The geographic range includes southwestern Qinghai, northeastern Xizang, northwestern Yunnan, and western Sichuan provinces of China (Smith et al. 1990). O. gloveri is typically found at elevations ranging from 3,500-4,200 m, but may occur at an elevation of 1,700 m (Sichuan) (Smith and Xie 2008).
Countries:
Native:
China (Qinghai, Sichuan, Tibet [or Xizang], Yunnan)
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Population [top]

Population: The current population status of this species is unknown. However, Ochotona gloveri occurs in remote regions of China and is therefore thought to be free of negative human influence (Smith et al. 1990).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Ochotona gloveri typically inhabits talus piles (Smith et al. 1990), but is also known to inhabit the walls of adobe buildings (Smith and Xie 2008). This species does not occur in habitat utilized for agriculture or by livestock (Smith et al. 1990). It is a haypile construction species (Smith and Xie 2008). O. gloveri is characterized as a generalized herbivore (Smith and Xie 2008). The total length of O. gloveri is 16.0-22.0 cm (Smith and Xie 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Ochotona gloveri is locally poisoned and trapped as a pest.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is little information regarding the population status of Ochotona gloveri, research in this area is needed. 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 gloveri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 16 September 2014.
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