Numbering 92 species worldwide, the order Lagomorpha is a focal point of conservation efforts. Approximately one-quarter of all lagomorphs are under conservation concern, and a few are quite literally on the brink of extinction. Here, leading conservation biologist Andrew T. Smith and his colleagues bring together the world's lagomorph experts in the most comprehensive reference on the order ever produced. With detailed species accounts – illustrated with stunning colour photos and up-to-date range maps – contributors highlight key ecological roles that lagomorphs play and explain in depth how scientists around the globe are working to save vulnerable populations.
Thematic introductory chapters cover a broad spectrum of information about pikas, rabbits, and hares, from evolution, systematics, and diseases to lagomorph conservation status and management. Each animal account begins with the complete scientific and common names for each species. A description of the appearance and unique morphological characteristics is accompanied by a range of standard measurements of adult specimens. Subsequent sections discuss known paleontological data concerning the species, the current state of its taxonomy and geographic variation, and various aspects of the animal's biology.
Aimed at naturalists, professional biologists, and students, Lagomorphs: Pikas, Rabbits, and Hares of the World will also serve as a valuable reference for those conducting biodiversity surveys and conservation throughout the world.
Andrew T. Smith is a President's Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University and the chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Lagomorph Specialist Group. He is the coeditor of A Guide to the Mammals of China and Mammals of China.
Charlotte H. Johnston is the manager of the Vertebrate Collections in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.
Paulo C. Alves is an associate professor of biology in the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Porto and the head of the Conservation Genetics and Wildlife Management research group at CIBIO (Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetics Resources). The cofounder and president of the World Lagomorph Society, he is the coeditor of Lagomorph Biology: Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation.
Klaus Hackländer is a professor of wildlife biology and game management at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU). The cofounder and secretary of the World Lagomorph Society, he is the coeditor of Lagomorph Biology.
"[...] The large format book is printed on good quality recycled paper. The page layout is in a pleasant easy-to-read style. Most photographs are clear and illustrate the salient points of the considered species. The distribution maps similarly fulfil their purpose. There is a comprehensive index. The sub-editors have done an excellent job in presenting the text throughout in a consistent easy-to-read style based on the obvious enthusiasm of the individual authors for their subjects [...] Lagomorph biologists will obviously reap the most benefit from this book. It is of interest, however, to other biological disciplines in many of its implications.This is a major contribution – in fact it is in a league of its own with no competitors – to improved knowledge of the pika, hare and rabbit populations of the world. University and public libraries should make this book available to their readers. It is of exceptionally good value for its cost and at about £75 the copy it is not going to strain their budgets excessively."
– Trevor Wilson FLS, The Linnean 36(1), April 2020