Sardinian pika

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Sardinian Pika[1]
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Conservation status

Extinct  (1774) (IUCN 2.3)[2]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Lagomorpha
Family: Prolagidae
Genus: Prolagus
Species: P. sardus
Binomial name
Prolagus sardus
(Wagner, 1832)
Synonyms

Prolagus corsicanus

The Sardinian pika (Prolagus sardus) was a pika native to the Mediterranean islands of Sardinia and Corsica until its extinction in the late 1700s or early 1800s. It was described by early Sardinian authors as "a giant rabbit with no tail", and it is believed that the Nuragici, the ancient peoples of Sardinia, viewed them as a delicacy. The Corsican Pika (formerly Prolagus corsicanus) is now considered to be conspecific with this species.

Some people believe[who?] that the Sardinian Pika still lives in the "wild" interior of Sardinia, and many others believe that it went extinct much more recently than scientific estimates. There are occasionally sightings of this pika, but so far none of them has been verified.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoffman, R. S.; Smith, A. T. (2005). "Order Lagomorpha". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 193–194. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. (2008). Prolagus sardus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Prolagus sardus". EMA Database. European Mammal Assessment (EMA). 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-11.