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Lepus othus (Alaskan Hare; Beringian hare)

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]  10.582 lbs (4.80 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  105 grams
Diet [2]  Herbivore
Diet - Plants [2]  100 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Female Maturity [3]  8 months 26 days
Gestation [1]  46 days
Litter Size [1]  6
Litters / Year [1]  1
Maximum Longevity [3]  18 years
Nocturnal [2]  Yes
Snout to Vent Length [3]  23 inches (58 cm)


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)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap


Buteo lagopus (Rough-legged Hawk)[4]
Canis lupus (Wolf)[4]
Cephenemyia trompe (Bot fly)[4]


Parasitized by 
Cephenemyia trompe (Bot fly)[4]
Shelter for 
Cephenemyia trompe (Bot fly)[4]

Range Map

External References

NatureServe Explorer


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
3Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
4Making The Forest And Tundra Wildlife Connection
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0