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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Cladus: Synapsida
Cladus: Eupelycosauria
Cladus: Sphenacodontia
Cladus: Sphenacodontoidea
Cladus: Therapsida
Cladus: Theriodontia
Subordo: Cynodontia
Infraordo: Eucynodontia
Cladus: Probainognathia
Cladus: Prozostrodontia
Cladus: Mammaliaformes
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Trechnotheria
Infraclassis: Zatheria
Supercohors: Theria
Cohors: Eutheria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Cladus: Boreoeutheria
Superordo: Euarchontoglires
Ordo: Lagomorpha

Familia: Ochotonidae
Genus: Ochotona
Species: Ochotona ladacensis

Ochotona ladacensis (Günther, 1875)

Ochotona ladacensis in Mammal Species of the World.
Wilson, Don E. & Reeder, DeeAnn M. (Editors) 2005. Mammal Species of the World – A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. Third edition. ISBN 0-8018-8221-4.
IUCN: ochotona ladacensis (Günther, 1875) (Least Concern)

Vernacular names
English: Ladak Pika

The Ladak pika (Ochotona ladacensis), also known as the Ladakh pika,[2] is a species of mammal in the family Ochotonidae found in China, India, and Pakistan. Prior to identification as a separate species, specimens were thought to be of the plateau pika. Named for the Ladakh region, they are commonly found in valleys of the mountain ranges spanning from Pakistan through India to China at an elevation between 4,300 and 5,450 m (14,110 and 17,880 ft) and are herbivores.


Specimens of the Ladak pika were originally identified as plateau pika[1] due to their color and the similarities in the narrow interorbital region on the skull of each species. However, differences were found between the two including the smaller auditory bulla found in the Ladak pika and a differently arched skull shape.[3] There are no subspecies of the Ladak pika.[1] Local names in the Ladakhi language include zabra, karin, and phisekarin.[4]

The fur of the Ladak pika is a light brown/grey with a yellow/white underside.[3] The length of the body of an adult specimen measures between 7 and 9 inches (18 and 23 cm).[4] The outside areas of the ears are a color reminiscent of rust. The skull has a high arch.[3] They reproduce during late June and early July.[3]

The Ladak pika is found in the mountain ranges of northern India, northeastern Pakistan, and western China including the provinces of Qinghai, Xizang and Xinjiang, as well as across the Tibetan Plateau.[1][3] They inhabit valleys at elevations between 4,300 and 5,450 metres (14,110 and 17,880 ft),[3] and dig burrows.[1] They are herbivorous and are thought to eat roots throughout the winter such as those of the family Primulaceae.[1][3] The Ladak pika lives in territorial family groups.[5] They have been recorded as being commonly found during surveys in these regions.[1]

Smith, A.T.; Li, W. (2016). "Ochotona ladacensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T41264A45183725. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T41264A45183725.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
Li, Weidong; Zhang, Huibin; Liu, Zhihu (2006). "Brief report on the status of Kozlov's pika, Ochotona koslowi (Büchner), in the east Kunlun mountains of China". Integrative Zoology. 1 (1): 22–24. doi:10.1111/j.1749-4877.2006.00008.x. PMID 21395987.
Chapman, Joseph A.; Flux, John E.C. (1990). Rabbits, Hares and Pikas: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan. Gland, Switzerland: International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. pp. 38–39. ISBN 9782831700199.
Sterndale, Robert Armitidge (1929). Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon. Calcutta, India: Simla, Thacker, Spink. ISBN 9781465545176.
Smith, Andrew T.; Xie, Yie (2008). A Guide to the Mammals of China. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. p. 283. ISBN 9780691099842.

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