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

Comparison chart

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

Differences in Physical features

A rabbit (Eastern Cottontail or Sylvilagus floridanus).
magnify
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

Similarities

Trivia

Related Video

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

References

Share this comparison:

If you read this far, you should follow us:

"Hare vs Rabbit." Diffen.com. Diffen LLC, n.d. Web. 25 Jul 2016. < >