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Lost species Omiltemi Cottontail Rabbit
Data Deficient

Omiltemi Cottontail Rabbit

SCIENTIFIC NAME: SYLVILAGUS INSONUS
LAST SEEN: EARLY 1900S IN MEXICO
YEARS LOST: AROUND 102
DATA DEFICIENT

 

This is one of the most endangered rabbits in the world as the result of poaching and habitat destruction. The species, which likely lives in a small, semi-isolated mountain range in the Sierra Madre del Sur, Guerrero, Mexico, is known from only four specimens, the most recent a skin donated by local hunters in 1998. There are no photos of this species.

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The inconclusive photo, taken on July 28, 2011, in the Sierra de Atoyac, Guerrero. (Photo by Stephen Davies)
Search for the Lost Omiltemi Cottontail Rabbit Brings New Clues

Up in the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range in southern Mexico, in the village of Omiltemi, there may or may not live a particular rabbit.

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