There are several important differences between rabbits and hares even though both animals belong to the Lagomorpha order of mammals.

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Hare

Hare

Rabbit

Rabbit
Genus/Genera Lepus Pentalagus, Bunolagus, Nesolagus, Romerolagus, Brachylagus, Sylvilagus, Oryctolagus, Poelagus
Kingdom Animalia Animalia
Family Leporidae Leporidae (in part)
Class Mammalia Mammalia
Phylum Chordata Chordata
Diet Vegetarian Vegetarian
Order Lagomorpha Lagomorpha
A hare as depicted in a painting.
A hare as depicted in a painting.

Differences in Physical features

A rabbit (Eastern Cottontail or Sylvilagus floridanus).
A rabbit (Eastern Cottontail or Sylvilagus floridanus).

There are several differences in the physical features of hares and rabbits that allow us to distinguish between the two.

Comparison of Lifestyle and Behavior

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The hare and rabbit's different physical characteristics are distinctly seen in the video below.

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