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SPECIES Lepus (Sabanalagus) microtis

Author:Heuglin, 1865.
Citation:Nova Acta Acad. Caes. Leop.-Carol., Halle, 24, Leopoldiana, 5: 32.
Citation Type:reference needs clarification
Common Name:African Savanna Hare
Type Locality:"Lande der Ridj," [Bahr-el-Ghazal, Sudan].
Distribution:From Atlantic coast of NW Africa (Senegal, south to Guinea and Sierra Leone) eastward across Sahel to Sudan and extreme W Ethiopia; southward through E Africa (E Republic of Congo, W Kenya) to NE Namibia, Botswana, and KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). Small isolated population in W Algeria.
Status:IUCN – Lower Risk (lc); isolated population around Beni Abbés, Algeria, "deserve[s] attention" (Flux and Angermann, 1990).
Comments:Placed (as crawshayi) in subgenus Proeulagus by Gureev (1964), and in subgenus Sabanalagus by Averianov (1998). Gureev recognized both crawshayi and whytei as distinct species, as did Azzaroli-Puccetti (1987a). Formerly included in saxatilis; see comments under that species. This species has been known under several different names (saxatilis, crawshayi, whytei, victoriae, and now microtis). Angermann and Feiler (1988) thought that the oldest available name for this species was victoriae Thomas, 1893, but apparently did not consider microtus Heuglin 1865. The species is widely sympatric with capensis, but allo- to parapatric with saxatilis (which is also sympatric with capensis sensu stricto), and with the small L. habessinicus.



SUBSPECIES angolensis

SUBSPECIES senegalensis



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