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Lagomorpha

order of mammals

Lagomorpha is a mammal order. It includes pikas, rabbits and hares. Although the lagomorphs look like rodents, they are actually not because they have four incisors on the upper jaw, not two like in rodents, and they eat plants, not meat too, like rodents. They were classified under rodents until the 20th century. They are divided into two families, Leporidae, hares and rabbits, and Ochotonidae, the pikas.

Lagomorphs[1]
Temporal range: Earliest Eocene - Recent
Ochotona princeps.jpg
Pika, Ochotona princeps, in Sequoia National Park
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Lagomorpha

Brandt, 1855
Families

Leporidae
Ochotonidae
Prolagidae (extinct)

European Hare (Lepus europaeus).

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Hoffmann, Robert S.; Smith, Andrew T. (November 16, 2005). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds) (ed.). Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 185–211. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.CS1 maint: multiple names: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text (link)