Hare sitting in the grass

Hares, rabbits and pikas

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

Rank: Order

Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Hares, rabbits and pikas taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Hares, rabbits and pikas