- A new species of Pika called ochotona sikimaria, which belongs to the rabbit and hare family has been discovered by scientists from Bengaluru’s National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS)
- They collected faecal pellets and tissue samples of what they thought as Asian Pika and found it to be quite distinct from other species.
- They live in mountainous or temperate regions
- They are keystone species meaning they determine the ability of various species to survive in the ecosystem
- They do not hibernate like other animals in winter but they collect food in winter.
- They are also engineers of the ecosystem.
The Hindu, India Today
News item compiled by Poorthi Balakrishnan & Shiren Panjolia