Confirmation of the occurrence of Andean cottontail, Sylvilagus andinus (Thomas, 1897) (Leporidae, Lagomorpha), in Peru

Silvia Diaz, Víctor Pacheco

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Sylvilagus andinus (Thomas, 1897) is a highland lagomorph from the Ecuadorean Paramos. Its distribution was ten-tatively believed to extend to northwestern Peru on the basis of ecological niche modeling and the inclusion of the Peruvian S. capsalis Thomas, 1913 as a synonym. Here, we confirm the occurrence of S. andinus in Peru by a mor-phological examination of seven new records from northwestern Peru and one new record from Ancash department in central Peru.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-873
Number of pages7
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Issue number4
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We want to thank the collectors of the specimens of Sylvilagus in the MUSM, including Lynn Marina Villalo-bos, Richard Cadenillas, Lucia Luna, Liz Huamani, and Alfonso Miranda. We also thank Sandra Velazco and Alicia Rodriguez for field support, and Andderson Solis for sharing with us his sighting records. We especially thank José Serrano-Villavicencio, Catherine Sahley, and Klauss Cervantes, as well as the editors Guilherme Gar-bino and Robert Forsyth, the reviewer Sergio Solari, and two anonymous reviewers, for providing valuable comments on the manuscript and improving the English. The non-profit organization Idea Wild donated equipment necessary for this work. This research was supported by the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (RR no. 2020-01686 and project number B20100321, RR no. 2021-05753 and project number B21100031), and the Asociación de Mastozoólogos del Perú (Carta no. 002-AMP-2020 and code VP002).

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  • Ancash
  • Andes
  • Cajamarca
  • mammals
  • Paramos
  • Sylvilagus capsalis


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