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Riparian Brush Rabbit (Sylvilagus bachmani riparius)


Family: Leporidae, Hares and Rabbits

Description: A small rabbit. Dark grayish-brown, mottled with black; some populations paler. Short legs. Small tail. Short, dark ears. L 10 1/2–13 1/4" (280–350 mm); T 3/4–1 5/8" (20–43 mm); HF 2 5/8–3 3/8" (67–85 mm); E 2–2 1/2" (50–64 mm); Wt 1.1–1.8 lb (500–800 g).

Endangered Status: The Riparian Brush Rabbit, a subspecies of the Brush Rabbit, is on the U.S. Endangered Species List. It is classified as endangered in California. This rabbit once occupied wooded riverside habitat along the San Joaquin River and Stanislaus Rivers and numbered over 100,000. Water diversion practices altered the rabbit's habitat throughout its range, and today it is known to exist only in Caswell Memorial State Park, on the Stanislaus River, and probably numbers only two or three hundred. This small population is further threatened by floods and fire.

Habitat: Riverside shrub and woodland communities.

Range: San Joaquin County, California.

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