Difference between revisions of "Lagomorpha"

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| colspan=2|'''[[Pika|Ochotonidae]]''' - Pikas
| colspan=2|'''[[Pika|Ochotonidae]]''' - Pikas
| rowspan=5|'''[[Leporidae]]''' - Rabbits and Hares
| rowspan=6|'''[[Leporidae]]''' - Rabbits and Hares
| '''[[Arctic hare | Lepus arcticus]]''' - Arctic hare
| '''[[Arctic hare | Lepus arcticus]]''' - Arctic hare

Revision as of 08:38, 22 July 2013

The lagomorphs are the members of the taxonomic order Lagomorpha, of which there are two living families: the Leporidae (hares and rabbits) and the Ochotonidae (pikas). The name of the order is derived from the Greek lagos "hare" and morphē "form".
Though these mammals can resemble rodents (order Rodentia) and were classified as a superfamily in that order until the early 20th century, they have since been considered a separate order.Lagomorphs differ from rodents in that:

  • they have four incisors in the upper jaw (not two, as in the Rodentia)
  • they are almost strictly herbivorous (unlike rodents, many of which will eat both meat and vegetation)

However, they resemble rodents in that their teeth grow throughout their lives, thus necessitating constant chewing to keep them from growing too long.
For more information, visit the Wikipedia entry.

Ochotonidae - Pikas
Leporidae - Rabbits and Hares Lepus arcticus - Arctic hare
Lepus brachyurus - Japanese hare
Lepus europaeus - European hare
Lepus timidus - Mountain hare
Oryctolagus - European rabbit
Pentalagus - Amami rabbit

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