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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
Diet - Plants [2]  100 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Gestation [1]  46 days
Litter Size [1]  6
Litters / Year [1]  1
Nocturnal [2]  Yes


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
Acanthis flammea (Common Redpoll)1
Alces alces (moose)1
Bombus polaris (Bumblebee)1
Bonasa umbellus (Ruffed Grouse)1
Branta hutchinsii (Cackling Goose)1
Calcarius lapponicus (Lapland Longspur)1
Calidris tenuirostris (Great Knot)1
Castor canadensis (american beaver)1
Corvus corax (Northern Raven)1
Erethizon dorsatus (common porcupine)1
Falcipennis canadensis (Spruce Grouse)1
Falcipennis canadensis franklinii (Franklin’s Grouse)1
Lagopus lagopus (Willow Ptarmigan)2
Lagopus leucura (White-tailed Ptarmigan)2
Lagopus muta (Rock Ptarmigan)1
Larus schistisagus (Slaty-backed Gull)1
Lemmus sibiricus (brown lemming)2
Limosa haemastica (Hudsonian Godwit)1
Lyrurus tetrix (Eurasian Black Grouse)1
Martes americana (American Marten)1
Myodes rufocanus (gray red-backed vole)1
Myodes rutilus (northern red-backed vole)1
Numenius tahitiensis (Bristle-thighed Curlew)1
Ochotona collaris (Collared Pika)1
Ovibos moschatus (muskox)2
Ovis dalli (Dall's sheep)1
Pinicola enucleator (Pine Grosbeak)1
Pluvialis fulva (Pacific Golden-Plover)1
Poecile hudsonicus (Boreal Chickadee)1
Rangifer tarandus (caribou)1
Tetrao urogallus (Western Capercaillie)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;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Lepus othus, Troy L. Best and Travis Hill Henry, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 458, pp. 1-5 (1994)
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
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 WWF WildFINDER
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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