New Species of Pika Mammal Discovered

IAS Prelims 2023

Scientists have discovered a new species of Pika, a mammal belonging to the rabbit and hare family ( Lagomorpha ), in the Himalayas in Sikkim.

Scientists from Bengaluru’s National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) announced the discovery.

Pikas are members of the rabbit family and live in the mountains or in temperate regions.

The common name “pika” is used for any member of the Ochotonidae family.

Researchers from the Zoological Museum of Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia; Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China; Stanford University, Stanford, USA, collaborated in the research.