Indian hare

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Indian hare
Indian hare by N A Nazeer.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Lagomorpha
Family: Leporidae
Genus: Lepus
L. nigricollis[1]
Binomial name
Lepus nigricollis[1]
F. Cuvier, 1823
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Indian Hare range
(green - native, red - introduced, dark grey - origin uncertain)

The Indian hare (Lepus nigricollis), also known as the black-naped hare, is a common species of hare native to the Indian subcontinent,[3] and Java.


It has been introduced to Madagascar, Comoro Islands, Andaman Islands, Irian Jaya, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Mayotte, Mauritius and Réunion.[4]

Indian hare in Rajkot


There are 7 recognized subspecies of Indian hare.

  • Lepus nigricollis aryabertensis
  • Lepus nigricollis dayanus
  • Lepus nigricollis nigricollis
  • Lepus nigricollis ruficaudatus
  • Lepus nigricollis sadiya
  • Lepus nigricollis simcoxi
  • Lepus nigricollis singhala


  1. ^ Hoffman, R.S.; Smith, A.T. (2005). "Order Lagomorpha". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ Nameer, P.O. & Smith, A.T. (2019). "Lepus nigricollis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2019: e.T41282A45188041. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-1.RLTS.T41282A45188041.en. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  3. ^ Suchentrunk, F & Mihajla Davidovic (2004). "Evaluation of the classification of Indian hares (Lepus nigricollis) into the genus Indolagus Gureev, 1953 (Leporidae, Lagomorpha)" (PDF). Mammalian Biology. 69 (1): 46–57. doi:10.1078/1616-5047-115. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2006-06-12.
  4. ^ LONG JL 2003. Introduced Mammals of the World: Their History, Distribution and Influence (Cabi Publishing) by John L. Long (ISBN 9780851997483)