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SPECIES Ochotona (Ochotona) thibetana

Author:Milne-Edwards, 1871.
Citation:Nouv. Arch. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris, Bull., 7: 93.
Common Name:Moupin Pika
Type Locality:"mountain near Moupin" [Baoxing, Ya'an County, Sichuan, China].
Distribution:Shanxi, Shaanxi, W Hubei, Yunnan, Sichuan, S Tibet (China); N Burma; Sikkim (India); perhaps adjacent Bhutan and India.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc); however, O. t. sikimaria of Sikkim is IUCN Critically Endangered (A. T. Smith et al., 1990).
Comments:Subgenus Ochotona. Formerly included cansus, forresti, huangensis, and nubrica; see comments therein. The taxon aliensis, originally described as a subspecies of thibetana, is now considered a synonym of nubrica (Feng et al., 1986; A. T. Smith et al., 1990). O. osgoodi, described as a distinct species by Anthony (1941), was listed as a subspecies of O. pusilla by Ellerman and Morrison-Scott (1951), and subsequently allocated to thibetana by Corbet (1978c) and Weston (1982). The isolated subspecies sikimaria was assigned to cansus by Feng and Kao (1974), Feng and Zheng (1985), and Zhang et al. (1997), but transferred to thibetana by A. T. Smith et al. (1990); it may deserve full species status. Erbajeva (1988:190-191) considered cansus and sikimaria subspecies of thibetana, as well as lhasaensis, here placed in nubrica; moreover, she thought hodgsoni Bonhote was probably a distinct species (based on examination of a skull photograph). She later retracted this (Erbajeva, 1994).
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SUBSPECIES thibetana

SUBSPECIES nangqenica

SUBSPECIES osgoodi

SUBSPECIES sacraria

SUBSPECIES sikimaria

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