Ili Pika

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<!-- This article was auto-generated by Polbot. -->The Ili Pika (Ochotona iliensis) 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.

Range

It is endemic to the Tian Shan mountains of northwest chinese province Xinjiang. A recent census indicated that Ochotona iliensis may be extirpated from Jilimalale and Hutubi South Mountains.

Habitat

Ochotona iliensis inhabits talus areas on high cliff faces. This species constructs haypiles and is a generalized herbivore.

Ecology

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.

Conservation

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...
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