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Lagomorpha

Lagomorphs have a worldwide distribution. These animals are found as native species in many parts of the globe. Lagomorphs have been introduced by many countries such as New Zealand, Australia and Madagascar for various purposes. They live in a wide variety of habitats such as desert, grassland, swamp, tundra and tropical forest. In the wild, lagomorphs are hunted for food, fur, sport etc. These small to medium sized animals are commercially reared for meat, skin and biomedical research. Lagomorphs were classified earlier in the order Rodentia. Later on, they have been given the status of a separate order Lagomorpha. However, lagomorphs can be distinguished from rodents by having two pairs of incisor teeth in the upper jaw (in rodents-one pair) in which the small and peglike second pair teeth are located behind the long and constantly growing chisellike anterior teeth. At birth, there are 3 pairs of incisors but the outer pairs are soon lost. There is a gap between the incisors and premolars. Lagomorphs can also be distinguished in having larger ears, fully furred feet (some rodents may have furred feet), eyes set high on heads and less developed jaws muscles. The testes are permanently external unlike the rodents. The order Lagomorpha has two families:
(a) Ochotonidae- pika
(b) Leporidae- rabbit, hare and cottontail
Foxes, bobcats, wolves, weasels, owls and hawks are the natural predators of lagomorphs. A conservation and manag"ement programmes of lagomorphs including habitat management, stocking programmes, harvest, control and protection have been taken up all over the world.

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