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SPECIES Lepus (Lepus) timidus

Author:Linnaeus, 1758.
Citation:Syst. Nat., 10th ed., 1: 57.
Common Name:Mountain Hare
Type Locality:"in Europa" [Uppsala, Sweden].
Distribution:Palearctic from Scandinavia to E Siberia, except E Chukotsk (Russia), south to Sakhalin and Sikhote-Alin Mtns (Russia); Hokkaido (Japan); Heilungjiang, N Xinjiang (China); N Mongolia; Altai, N Tien Shan Mtns; N Ukraine, E Poland, and Baltics; isolated populations in the Alps, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Introduced into England, Faeros and Scottish Isles.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Lepus (Gureev, 1964; Averianov, 1998). Formerly included arcticus and othus; see Corbet (1978c: 73); but also see comments under those species. A. J. Baker et al. (1983) found Scottish and Alpine populations morphologically distinct, as well as geographically isolated, from other populations, and Flux (1983) remarked that L. t. scoticus and L. t. hibernicus (from Scotland and Ireland, respectively), both introduced on the island of Mull (Hewson, 1991) still do not interbreed after 50 years. Reviewed by Angerbjorn and Flux (1995, Mammalian Species, 495).
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SUBSPECIES timidus

SUBSPECIES ainu

SUBSPECIES begitschevi

SUBSPECIES gichiganus

SUBSPECIES hibernicus

SUBSPECIES kamtschaticus

SUBSPECIES kolymensis

SUBSPECIES kozhevnikovi

SUBSPECIES lugubris

SUBSPECIES mordeni

SUBSPECIES orii

SUBSPECIES scoticus

SUBSPECIES sibiricorum

SUBSPECIES transbaicalicus

SUBSPECIES varronis

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