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Ochotona ladacensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA LAGOMORPHA OCHOTONIDAE

Scientific Name: Ochotona ladacensis
Species Authority: (Günther, 1875)
Common Name/s:
English Ladak Pika
Taxonomic Notes: There are no recognized subspecies (Hoffmann and Smith 2005). Ochotona ladacensis was formerly included in O. curzoniae (Smith and Xie 2008). This species is sister taxa to O. koslowi and is sympatric on the Tibetan Plateau with O. curzoniae (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 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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Ochotona ladacensis has a geographic distribution that extends from southwestern Xinjiang, through western Qinghai and south to eastern Tibet (Hoffmann and Smith 2005). Its range extends in to the northwestern regions of Pakistan and Kashmir, India (Hoffmann and Smith 2005). Although it is sympatric with O. curzoniae, it is not as widely distributed across the Tibetan Plateau (Hoffmann and Smith 2005). This species occurs at elevations of 4,200-5,400 m (Smith and Xie 2008) .
Countries:
Native:
China (Qinghai, Tibet [or Xizang], Xinjiang); India (Jammu-Kashmir); Pakistan
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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 survey conducted in Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir, India) from 1980-1986 and again in 1989-1991 (Mallon 1991).
Population Trend: Unknown

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).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary in India (Mallon 1991). There are little data on the natural history of this species (Smith and Xie 2008). 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 ladacensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 April 2014.
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