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. -->The Ili Pika
) is a species of mammal
in the Ochotonidae
family, endemic to northwest China. The total length of O. iliensis
is 20.3-20.4 cm.
It is endemic
to the Tian Shan
mountains of northwest chinese
. A recent census indicated that Ochotona iliensis
may be extirpated from Jilimalale and Hutubi South Mountains.
areas on high cliff faces. This species constructs haypiles and is a generalized herbivore
Almost nothing is known about the ecology or behavior of this species.O. iliensis
exhibits low population densities. It is mostly a diurnal species, but may exhibit nocturnal activity. Only one to two litters are produced each year, but litter size for this species is unknown.
Its population has been reduced by 55% within 10 years. Population declines have been observed for several locations inhabited by this species. A recent census indicated that Ochotona iliensis
may be extirpated from Jilimalale and Hutubi South Mountains. Populations have declined in the regions of Jipuk, Tianger Apex, and Telimani Daban. Only one examined site, the Bayingou region, showed signs of previously observed... Read More