from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several small, tailless, furry mammals of the genus Ochotona of the mountains of North America and Eurasia, resembling guinea pigs but belonging to the order of lagomorphs that includes the hares and rabbits. Also called coney1, rock rabbit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several small, furry mammals, similar to guinea pigs, of the family Ochotonidae, from the mountains of North America and Asia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of several species of tailless rodents of the genus Ochotona (formerly Lagomys), resembling small rabbits, but with short ears alnd legs. They inhabit the high mountains of Asia and America. Called also calling hare, and crying hare and rock rabbit. See chief hare.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small rodent quadruped of the genus Lagomys, family Lagomyidæ, belonging to the duplicidentate or lagomorphic series of the Rodentia, inhabiting alpine regions of the northern hemisphere.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small short-eared burrowing mammal of rocky uplands of Asia and western North America
This occurs despite warnings from conservation scientists that the pika is a keystone species? meaning its removal would have far-reaching consequences including a scarcity of food for mammals and birds that feed on it.
The argument that the pika is a pest, degrading rangeland and reducing food stocks for yak and sheep, is not supported by any evidence.
In the controversial Lighting Up the Sky over Hiroshima (2009), Chim Pom created the Japanese word pika (sparkling light), seen in the sky from an aeroplane, reminding Hiroshima residents of the atomic bomb.
The pika is also known as the "whistling hare" due to its high-pitched alarm call when diving into its burrow.
The pika is a remnant of the glacial age in and has very narrow habitat range in the central mountains around Mt. Daisetsu.
Found in California's Sierra Nevada range and the Rocky Mountains, the pika is a rabbit-like mammal that has been considered symbolic of the impact of global warming because it can overheat and die at temperatures above 78 degrees.
At the time, the pika was the first non-Alaskan species to be considered for Endangered Species Act protection due to threats resulting from global warming.
Soon, if conservationists have their way, the pika could be the first species in the lower
Soon, if conservationists have their way, the pika could be the first species in the lower 48 states to get federal endangered species protections primarily because of the effects of climate change.
"The pika is the fire alarm and this is our opportunity to come to grips with global warming and prevent an extinction crisis," Loarie said.