Ochotona ladacensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Lagomorpha Ochotonidae

Scientific Name: Ochotona ladacensis (Günther, 1875)
Common Name(s):
English Ladak Pika
Taxonomic Notes: This species is within subgenus Conothoa. There are no recognized subspecies (Smith and Xie 2008). Formerly O. ladacensis was included in O. curzoniae, with which it is broadly sympatric, but these forms are found in different subgenera of Ochotona (Lissovsky 2014). The Ladak Pika is very distinctive morphologically – its craniometrics measurements clearly separate it from all other species of Ochotona (Lissovsky 2014).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-07-09
Assessor(s): Smith, A.T. & Li, W.
Reviewer(s): Battistoni, A.
Contributor(s): Johnston, C.
Listed as Least Concern; this is a widespread species without any known threats. However, there are no data regarding the current population status. More research is needed to accurately assess the Red List status of this species.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Ochotona ladacensis has a geographic distribution that extends from southwestern Xinjiang, through western Qinghai and south to eastern Tibet (Smith and Xie 2008). Its range extends in to the northwestern regions of Pakistan and Kashmir, India. Although it is sympatric with O. curzoniae, it is not as widely distributed across the Tibetan Plateau (Smith and Xie 2008). This species occurs at elevations of 4,200-5,400 m (Smith and Xie 2008) .
Countries occurrence:
China (Qinghai, Tibet [or Xizang], Xinjiang); India (Jammu-Kashmir)
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):4200
Upper elevation limit (metres):5400
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Population [top]

Population:There are few data regarding the population status of this species. Locals described the species as widespread and fairly common during a survey conducted in Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir, India) from 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 ladacensis normally occupies xeric alpine valleys at high elevation (Smith and Xie 2008). These expanses are quite barren, in some areas only supporting widely distributed patches of cushion plants (Primula) (Büchner 1894) or Carex moorcroftii and Arenaria musciformis (Feng et al. 1986, Zheng 1989). O. ladacensis is a burrow-dwelling pika (Smith et al. 1990). This pika is characterized as a generalized herbivore (Smith and Xie 2008). The total length of this species is 18.0-22.9 cm (Smith and Xie 2008). The reproductive periodicity for this species is late June to early July (Zheng 1989).

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary in Xizang, China. There are few data on the natural history of this species (Smith and Xie 2008). In China, this species has been regionally Red Listed as Least Concern (Jiang et al. 2016).

Citation: Smith, A.T. & Li, W. 2016. Ochotona ladacensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T41264A45183725. . Downloaded on 24 March 2018.
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