Tuesday, June 1, 2010

BLACKNAPED HARE | Lepus nigricollic F. Cuvier

Only one species of hare is found in Kerala. The Induan hare or blacknaped hare is seen in natural forests and plantations. Pellets of spherical shape are the best indirect evidence left by these animals. Generally found in grasslands and rocky patches in forest areas. Difficult to sight at day time . Stony patches are preferred by the species and nibbling can be seen on young shoots of plants.

Scientific name : Lepus nigricollic F. Cuvier

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Lagomorpha
Family: Leporidae
Genus: Lepus
Species: L. nigricollis

Local names : Muyal, Cheviyan.

Habitat : All habitats except wet evergreen.

Distribution : Distributed all over Kerala.

Indirect evidences : Pellets and feeding sings.

Faecal matters : Pellets are round and spherical in shape and greenish in colour.

Size : 2 to 2.5 cm.
Where to look : Active at night and frequents open lands with grass for feeding.

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