The hare and rabbit family has over 50 species in it, living in habitats as varied as tundra, savannah and farmland. Some species dig burrows to live in.
Scientific name: Leporidae
The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
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Leporids are over 60 species of rabbits and hares that form the family Leporidae. The leporids, together with the pikas, constitute the mammalian order Lagomorpha. Leporids differ from pikas in having short, furry tails, and elongated ears and hind legs. The name leporid is simply an abbreviation of the family name Leporidae, meaning animals resembling lepus, Latin for hare.
Members of all genera except Lepus are usually referred to as rabbits, while members of Lepus (which accounts for almost half the species) are usually called hares. However, the distinction between these two common names does not map completely into current taxonomy, since jackrabbits are members of Lepus, and members of the genera Pronolagus and Caprolagus are sometimes called hares.
Leporids are native across the world except Antarctica, and in Oceania, where their introduction is a significant threat for the native mammals in Australia.
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