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Nesolagus
Vietnam sumatranrabbit
Sumatran Striped Rabbit (Nesolagus netscheri)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Lagomorpha
Family Leporidae
Genus Nesolagus

Nesolagus or striped rabbits, is a genus of rabbits containing three species of striped rabbits, the Sumatran striped rabbit, the Annamite striped rabbit, and and that of the extinct species Nesolagus sinensis. Overall there is very little known about this genus as a whole, most information coming from the sumatran rabbit.

Behavior

Due to the small number of individuals, and because of the rare sightings of this genus, there is not much information available on its behavior. One thing that we do know however, is that the sumatran rabbit is nocturnal and hides out in burrows which it does not make itself and does not really like to go out looking for food for itself in places that are too far from its home.

Description

Descriptions of the species are partly based on images made by camera traps; for the sumatran striped rabbit the cameras were set in the montane forests of Sumatra, while the Annamite Striped rabbit was seen in the Annamite mountain range of Laos and Vietnam. Both species of striped rabbit have seven brown or black stripes and a red rump and white underside. They are the only species of rabbits to have stripes. They are relatively small with a length of about 368–417 mm, with a tail of about 17 mm and ears about 43–45 mm long. Thus the ears of Nesolagus are only about half as long as in most rabbits, e.g. in the genus Lepus. Their fur is soft and dense, overlaid by longer, harsher hairs.

Distribution

Striped rabbits are found in only two locations. The sumatran striped rabbit has been found in the Barisan Mountains in western Sumatra, Indonesia, and the annamite striped rabbit has been found in the Annamite mountains on the border between Vietnam and Laos.

Species

includes three species

Sumatran Striped Rabbit (Schlegel, 1880) (Nesolagus netscheri)
Annamite Striped Rabbit (Averianov, Abramov, & Tikhonov, 2000) (Nesolagus timminsi)
†Nesolagus sinensis
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