Hares, rabbits and pikas all belong to the mammalian order lagomorpha. They are similar to large rodents and were once considered part of the same order. There are native populations on all the continents except Australia and Antarctica. Lagomorphs are found in a wide range of terrestrial habitats and have been introduced to many areas by man.
Scientific name: Lagomorpha
The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
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 (λαγός, "hare") and morphē (μορφή, "form"). There are about eighty species of lagomorph which include thirty species of pika, twenty species of rabbits and cottontails, and thirty species of hares.
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