San José brush rabbit

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San José brush rabbit
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Lagomorpha
Family: Leporidae
Genus: Sylvilagus
Species: S. mansuetus
Binomial name
Sylvilagus mansuetus
Nelson, 1907
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San Jose brush rabbit range

The San José brush rabbit (Sylvilagus mansuetus) is a species of mammal in the family Leporidae.[2]


It is endemic to the 170 km2 San José Island in the Gulf of California, a desert habitat island in the state of Baja California Sur in Mexico.[1]

The species is closely related to Sylvilagus bachmani, which is found on the mainland Baja California Peninsula,[1] and is considered a subspecies of the latter by some authorities.[1][2]


The species has been recently uplisted to critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. This is due to habitat loss, predation by feral cats, human developments and hunting which have all led to population declines since 1995/1996.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Lorenzo, C. & Álvarez-Castañeda, S. (2011). "Sylvilagus mansuetus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 18 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b 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. 210. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.