Gansu pika

Ochotona cansus

TAXONOMY

Ochotona cansus Lyon, 1907, Gansu, China. Three subspecies.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

None known.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Very small, with adults weighing only about 3 oz (80 g). Otherwise, it is typical of most ochotonids. Brownish fur is lighter below.

DISTRIBUTION

Distributed throughout the north-central Tibetan Plateau.

HABITAT

Lives in shrubby habitats, largely dominated by Potentilla fruti-cosa and Caragana spp., under which it constructs burrows.

BEHAVIOR

The ecology and behavior of the Gansu pika closely resembles that of the plateau pika; it has a vocal repertoire of four calls.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

A generalized herbivore.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Two or three litters are produced during a breeding season that extends from early April until late August. Litter sizes range from one to six young. Mating system may vary yearly depending on populations of local territories.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Common, species-wide. However, one subspecies is threatened with extinction (O. c. sorella; Endangered); and another is Data Deficient (O. c. morose).

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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