Lagomorpha

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Lagomorphs[1]
Temporal range: Earliest Eocene - Recent
Pika, Ochotona princeps, in Sequoia National Park
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Eutheria
Superorder: Euarchontoglires
Order: Lagomorpha
Brandt, 1855
Families

Leporidae
Ochotonidae
Prolagidae (extinct)

European Hare (Lepus europaeus).

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.

Taxonomy[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Hoffmann, Robert S.; Andrew T. Smith (2005-11-16). 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. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3.