Leporidae: Nesolagus netscheri

Leporidae: Nesolagus netscheri

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Sumatran Striped Rabbit - Nesolagus netscheri

Class: Mammals
Order: Lagomorfi
Family: Leporidae
Genus: Nesolagus
Species: N. netscheri

Area of ​​origin: Sumatra

The Sumatran striped rabbit, also known as the Sumatran short-eared rabbit or simply the Sumatran rabbit, is a rare lagomorphic mammal belonging to the Leporidae family. Its rarity is mainly due to deforestation.
It was considered for a long time the only living representative of the genus Nesolagus, in the mid-nineties a related species was discovered instead.
The species is present exclusively in the western region of the island of Sumatra, with a very restricted area located on the Barisan Mountains, where it lives in the dense forests that grow on the rich volcanic soil at altitudes between 600 and 1400 meters.
Since 1972 this species has only been spotted three times, the last of which in late January 2007 in the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.
Based on criteria of evolutionary uniqueness and small population, the Zoological Society of London considers Nesolagus netscheri one of the 100 species of mammals at greatest risk of extinction.

It feeds mainly on leaves and stems of undergrowth plants.
It is a small rabbit about 40 cm long, with a tiny tail of 17 mm and ears that do not exceed 45 mm in length. The body is covered with a soft and thick gray fur covered with characteristic brown streaks; the tail and rear are red and the belly white.

curated by Roberto Corridoni

Sumatran Striped Rabbit - Nesolagus netscheri (photo

Sumatran Striped Rabbit - Nesolagus netscheri

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All aspects related to his presence at home, from hospitalization to feeding, from coexistence with other animals to daily care, from reproduction to his health, are treated clearly and sympathetically.
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