Annamite striped rabbit
|Annamite striped rabbit|
Averianov, Abramov, & Tikhonov, 2000
|Annamite striped rabbit range|
The Annamite striped rabbit (Nesolagus timminsi) is a species of rabbit native to the Annamite mountain range on the Laos-Vietnam border. The rabbit is striped, with a red rump, and resembles the Sumatran Striped Rabbit. It only recently became known to Western scientists, being first described in 1999 by Dr Diana Bell of the University of East Anglia. A 2015 British expedition to the region first captured and re-released a live specimen.
Threats to the species are hunting, either by snare or less likely by dogs and habitat loss which makes it more vulnerable to hunters. The most significant threats are cultivation at lower altitudes and agriculture throughout and the least but increasing threats are extensive road building which opens undisturbed area to farmers and timber harvesters, dams and mining. It Is found in conservation areas Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, Nakai–Nam Theun and Umat. Laos and Vietnam both have no conservation measures for this species. Records show it can be common in suitable habitats and other areas show as uncommon and rare but it is decreasing either way.
- Hoffman, R.S.; Smith, A.T. (2005). "Order Lagomorpha". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 205. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
- Abramov, A., Timmins, R.J., Touk, D., Duckworth, J.W. & Steinmetz, R. (2008). "Nesolagus timminsi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2010-07-25. Listed as Data Deficient (DD ver 3.1 )
- Striped rabbit revealed in Laos forest at bbc.co.uk
- Camera-shy deer caught for first time at phys.org
- British expedition set out on a three month trip to track down the world’s rarest rabbit, finds it on the first night. Daily Hype Online
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