The IUCN/SSC Lagomorph Specialist Group (LSG) is responsible for the conservation and management of approximately 80 species of pikas, rabbits and hares.
The LSG was constituted in 1978 and currently has 49 members worldwide. The highest priority activities of the LSG are focused in Mexico, Japan, South Africa, and central-Asia.
This web-site provides updates of current research activities, links to members and others with an interest in lagomorph biology and conservation, and information about upcoming events.
Lagomorphs are a very distinct order of small to medium-sized herbivores. They are considered to be closely related to rodents. The order Lagomorpha is characterized by the presence of small peg-like teeth immediately behind the incisors, found in no other mammals. The two families, Ochotonidae and Leporidae, are likewise easily distinguishable. The Ochotonidae (pikas) have hind legs not much longer than the forelegs; are very small; have rounded ears as wide as they are long; and a skull with no supraorbital bones and a relatively short nasal region. The Leporidae, on the other hand, are larger, with hind legs longer than the forelegs, have long ears; and a skull with prominent supraorbital bones and a long nasal region. (Copied from Rabbits, Hares and Pikas)
The Chair of the Lagomorph Specialist Group is Dr. Andrew Smith
Webmaster: Dr. David Hik
Revised: January 2007