Thursday, May 31, 2012

[Mammalogy • 2000] Nesolagus timminsi | Annamite Striped Rabbit • A new species of Nesolagus (Lagomorpha, Leporidae) from Vietnam with osteological description

Nesolagus timminsi sp. n., based on a partial skeleton from Vietnam, differs from N. netscheri (Schlegel, 1880) from Sumatra by skull length larger, foramen lacertum smaller, P2 larger and having two folds on anterior face, m3 with two columns joined by a lingual dentine bridge. Detailed osteological description of  Nesolagus timminsi sp. n. is presented.

Distribution. – Annamite Mountains, Vietnam and Laos.
Etymology. – In honour of Mr. Robert J. Timmins, discoverer of the Annamiterabbit in Laos.

Surridge A. K., Timmins R. J., Hewitt G. M. and Bell D. J. 1999. Striped rabbit in Southeast Asia.

Averianov A. O., Abramov A. V. and Tikhonov A. N. 2000. A new species of Nesolagus (Lagomorpha, Leporidae) from Vietnam with osteological description. Contributions from the Zoological Institute, St. Petersburg. 3: 1–22.

Can D. N., Abramov A. V., Tikhonov A. N. and Averianov A. O. 2001. Annamite striped rabbit Nesolagus timminsi in Vietnam. Acta Theriologica 46: 437–440.

The distribution of a new species of striped rabbit Nesolagus timminsi Averianov, Abramov et Tikhonov, 2000 is restricted to the central part of the Annamite Mountains, along the border between Vietnam and Laos. A low density of separated populations and hunting pressure in Vietnam already makes this species critically endangered.

Key words: striped rabbit, Nesolagus timminsi, Vietnam