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SPECIES Lepus (Lepus) othus

Author:Merriam, 1900.
Citation:Proc. Wash. Acad. Sci., 2: 28.
Common Name:Alaskan Hare
Type Locality:"St. Michaels, [Norton Sound], Alaska." [USA].
Distribution:W and SW Alaska (USA); formerly perhaps northwestward to Pt. Barrow; as here interpreted, also E Chukotsk (Russia); if this is verified, tschuktschorum Nordquist, 1883 has priority.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Lepus (Averianov, 1998). Formerly included in arcticus or timidus (see comments therein). Regarded as distinct by Hall (1981) and by Flux and Angermann (1990), who, however, followed A. J. Baker et al. (1983) in allying populations from Eastern Siberia (Chukotka) (tschuktschorum Nordquist, 1883) with Alaskan populations; but see also Pavlinov and Rossolimo (1987). Reviewed by Anderson (1974) who found that othus was closer morphologically to townsendii than to other northern hares. More work is required to determine whether Eastern Siberian populations are linked to L. othus or to L. timidus. If the former relationship is supported, then tschuktschorum Nordquist, 1883 has priority over othus Merriam, 1900. Reviewed by Best and Henry (1994b, Mammalian Species, 458).
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