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New records and southern range extension of the Annamite striped rabbit Nesolagus timminsi in Vietnam

An Nguyen, Andrew Tilker ORCID logo, Duy Le, Huong Van Le, Son Van Le, Truong Hong Luu, Bang Van Tran and Andreas Wilting
From the journal Mammalia

Abstract

The Annamite striped rabbit Nesolagus timminsi is a little-known and Endangered lagomorph endemic to the Annamites ecoregion of Vietnam and Laos. The species’ known distribution extends from the northern to central Annamites. Here, we report the first records of the species from the southern Annamites. We recorded camera-trap photographs of Annamite striped rabbit in Bidoup – Nui Ba National Park, located in Lam Dong province, Vietnam. The photographs represent the first records of the species from the southern Annamites, and a significant southern range extension. We discuss the implications of this finding for Annamite striped rabbit conservation.


Corresponding author: Andrew Tilker, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, 10315 Berlin, Germany; and Global Wildlife Conservation, 500 Capital of Texas HWY, Austin, TX 76787, USA, E-mail:
An Nguyen and Andrew Tilker have contributed equally to this article.

Funding source: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Award Identifier / Grant number: Dr. Holly Reed Conservation Fund

Funding source: Wildlife Conservation Network

Funding source: Manfred Hermsen Stiftung

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank the Southern Institute of Ecology, Bidoup – Nui Ba National Park, Global Wildlife Conservation, and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research for support. We are indebted to the team members – including Nguyen Ich Le Phuoc Thanh, Pham Xuan Hoan, and rangers and local people – for their help conducting the fieldwork.

  1. Author contributions: AN and DL conducted the fieldwork; AN, AT, and AW conceptualized the study; AT led the writing together with AN and AW; all authors edited and approved the manuscript.

  2. Research funding: The authors would like to thank the Manfred Hermsen Stiftung, the Dr. Holly Reed Conservation Fund of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and the Wildlife Conservation Network for their financial support.

  3. Conflict of interest statement: The authors declare no conflict of interest regarding this article.

  4. Research ethics: All authors confirm that this research was conducted under the ethical guidelines of their host institutions, and that scientific best practices have been followed in all aspects of the research.

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Received: 2020-12-14
Accepted: 2021-04-14
Published Online: 2021-05-14
Published in Print: 2021-09-27

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