Lepus starcki 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Lagomorpha Leporidae

Scientific Name: Lepus starcki Petter, 1963
Common Name(s):
English Ethiopian Highland Hare
French Lievre Des Haut Plateaux D'Ethiopie, Lievre D' Ethiopie
Taxonomic Notes: There is some confusion regarding the taxonomic status of Lepus starcki. It was previously listed as a subspecies of L. capensis or L. europaeus (Boitani et al. 1999). However, many treatments recognize it as a true species (Flux and Angermann 1990, Boitani et al. 1999, Hoffmann and Smith 2005).

There are no recognized subspecies (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 species has a restricted geographic distribution in Ethiopia, but is considered to be abundant within its range (Boitani et al. 1999).
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The geographic distribution of Lepus starcki is restricted to the Ethiopian Highlands (Flux and Angermann 1990). It occurs on the Bale Mountains (Flux and Angermann 1990). L. starcki occurs at elevations of 2,140 m to 4,380 m (Boitani et al. 1999).
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):2140
Upper elevation limit (metres):4380
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Population [top]

Population:The population status of Lepus starcki is reported as being "relatively numerous" (Flux and Angermann 1990).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:There are few data regarding the ecology of this species (Boitani et al. 1999). This species occupies grassland and Afro-alpine moorland habitats within its range (Boitani et al. 1999). HB length of Lepus starki is 44.0-54.4 cm (Happold pers. comm.).

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Research is needed for Lepus starcki in the areas of biology and habitat requirements (Flux and Angermann 1990). This species is recorded as "quite abundant and sufficiently represented in existing protected areas" (Boitani et al. 1999). It is present in Bale Mountains protected area (Yalden et al. 1996).

Citation: Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. 2008. Lepus starcki. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T41287A10413250. . Downloaded on 21 May 2018.
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