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Lepus othus (Alaskan Hare; Beringian hare)

Synonyms: Lepus othus othus; Lepus othus poadromus

Wikipedia Abstract

The Alaskan hare (Lepus othus), also known as the tundra hare, is a species of mammal in the family Leporidae. They do not dig burrows and are found in the open tundra of western Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula in the United States. They are solitary for most of the year except during mating season, when they produce a single litter of up to eight young. Predators include birds of prey and polar bears, as well as humans for sport hunting.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 5.06
EDGE Score: 1.8


Adult Weight [1]  10.58 lbs (4.80 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  105 grams
Diet [2]  Herbivore
Gestation [1]  46 days
Litter Size [1]  6
Litters / Year [1]  1


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Alaska Peninsula montane taiga United States Nearctic Boreal Forests/Taiga
Beringia lowland tundra United States Nearctic Tundra
Beringia upland tundra United States Nearctic Tundra
Chukchi Peninsula tundra Russia Palearctic Tundra
Interior Alaska-Yukon lowland taiga Canada, United States Nearctic Boreal Forests/Taiga

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge   Alaska, United States      
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve Ib 2823882 Alaska, United States
Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge 26359252 Alaska, United States      


Prey / Diet

Empetrum nigrum (black crowberry)[1]
Salix alaxensis (feltleaf willow)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Alces alces (moose)1
Bombus polaris (Bumblebee)1
Bonasa umbellus (Ruffed Grouse)1
Branta hutchinsii (Cackling Goose)1
Calcarius lapponicus (Lapland Longspur)1
Carduelis flammea (Common Redpoll)1
Castor canadensis (american beaver)1
Clethrionomys rufocanus (gray red-backed vole)1
Clethrionomys rutilus (northern red-backed vole)1
Corvus corax (Northern Raven)1
Erethizon dorsatus (common porcupine)1
Lagopus lagopus (Willow Ptarmigan)2
Lagopus leucura (White-tailed Ptarmigan)1
Lemmus sibiricus (brown lemming)2
Martes americana (American Marten)1
Ochotona collaris (Collared Pika)1
Ovibos moschatus (muskox)2
Ovis dalli (Dall's sheep)1
Pinicola enucleator (Pine Grosbeak)1
Poecile hudsonicus (Boreal Chickadee)1
Rangifer tarandus (caribou)1
Ursus americanus (black bear)1
Ursus arctos (Grizzly Bear)1


Buteo lagopus (Rough-legged Hawk)[3]
Canis lupus (Wolf)[3]
Cephenemyia trompe[3]


Parasitized by 
Cephenemyia trompe (Bot fly)[3]
Shelter for 
Cephenemyia trompe[3]

Range Map

Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China); North America;



Species recognized by Hoffman R.S., 2013-03-01, ITIS Global: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System in Catalog of Life 2011
Attributes / relations provided by 1Lepus othus, Troy L. Best and Travis Hill Henry, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 458, pp. 1-5 (1994) 2Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at 3Making The Forest And Tundra Wildlife Connection
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06
Protected Areas provided by Le Saout, S., Hoffmann, M., Shi, Y., Hughes, A., Bernard, C., Brooks, T.M., Bertzky, B., Butchart, S.H.M., Stuart, S.N., Badman, T. & Rodrigues, A.S.L. (2013) Protected areas and effective biodiversity conservation. Science, 342, 803–805
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Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
EDGE analysis provided by EDGE of Existence programme, Zoological Society of London
Range map provided by Patterson, B. D., G. Ceballos, W. Sechrest, M. F. Tognelli, T. Brooks, L. Luna, P. Ortega, I. Salazar, and B. E. Young. 2007. Digital Distribution Maps of the Mammals of the Western Hemisphere, version 3.0. NatureServe, Arlington, Virginia, USA.
Data provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Bruce Patterson, Wes Sechrest, Marcelo Tognelli, Gerardo Ceballos, The Nature Conservancy—Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International—CABS, World Wildlife Fund—US, and Environment Canada—WILDSPACE.
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access