Friday Fellow: Tapeti

by Piter Kehoma Boll

What would be better to celebrate Easter than bringing a bunny to the Friday Fellow?

Meet the tapeti (Sylvilagus brasiliensis), also known as forest rabbit or forest cotton tail. It is a very cute rabbit found from southeastern Mexico to northern Argentina and southern Brazil, being the most widespread rabbit species in South America.

Cute as any rabbit, the tapeti is also well camouflaged. Photo by Dick Culbert.

Cute as any rabbit, the tapeti is also well camouflaged. Photo by Dick Culbert.

Measuring around 30 cm in length and having a brown dorsum with black speckles, the tapeti can hide itself easily in its environment, which includes forests, savannas and grasslands from the sea level up to 4,800 m of altitude. The camouflaged appearance is probably the reason why it is so rarely spotted, even though it is a very common species. The fact that it is mainly active during dawn and dusk may also lower the chances to see it properly. The IUCN classify it as “Least Concern”.

If you live in South or Central America, try to pay attention while walking in the wilderness. Maybe you have the opportunity to spot one.

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References:

Wikipedia. Tapeti. Available at: < https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapeti >. Access on March 24, 2016.

EOL – Encyclopedia of Life. Sylvilagus brasiliensis. Available at: < http://eol.org/pages/118008/ >. Access on March 24, 2016.

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