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SPECIES Ochotona (Conothoa) himalayana

Author:Feng, 1973.
Citation:Acta Zool. Sinica, 19: 69, 73.
Common Name:Himalayan Pika
Type Locality:"Qu-xiang, Bo-qu Valley, Nei-la-mu [= Nyalam] District, alt. 3500 m." [Xigaze (Shigatse) County, Xizang (Tibet), China].
Distribution:Mt. Jolmolungma (Everest) area, S Xizang, China; probably adjacent Nepal.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Conothoa. This taxon was considered a synonym of O. roylei by Corbet (1978c), Weston (1982) and Formozov (1997). Additional data (Feng and Zheng, 1985; Feng et al., 1986) suggested that it might be an independent species, but its range was within that of the similar O. roylei nepalensis. Additional studies (Yu et al., 2000) have now confirmed its specific distinctness.
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