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SPECIES Brachylagus idahoensis

Author:Merriam, 1891.
Citation:N. Am. Fauna, 5: 76.
Common Name:Pygmy Rabbit
Type Locality:"Pahsimeroi Valley [near Goldburg, Custer County], Idaho." [USA].
Distribution:SW Oregon to EC California, SW Utah, N to SW Montana (USA). Isolated population in WC Washington (USA).
Status:U. S. ESA Endangered for isolated population in Washington (Columbia River Basin); IUCN Lower Risk (nt), species-wide; yet recently species is in decline.
Comments:Formerly included in Sylvilagus; but see Corbet (1983). Placed in the monotypic genus Brachylagus by Dawson (1967) and, together with bachmani, in the genus Microlagus by Gureev (1964:170-173); but also see Hall (1981:294), who recognized Brachylagus as a subgenus. This species is widely sympatric with Sylvilagus nuttallii, and perhaps overlaps narrowly with S. audubonii. It has been interpreted as either a primitive rabbit (Hibbard, 1963), or as derived from Sylvilagus (Corbet, 1983). Reviewed by Green and Flinders (1980, Mammalian Species, 125).
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