Tapeti Sylvilagus brasiliensis
(aka Brazilian Cottontail, Forest Cottontail)
Tapeti, Antisana Ecological Reserve, November 2019 - click for larger image Antisana Ecological Reserve, Ecuador
November 2019

In its widest definition the Tapeti is distributed from Mexico through Central America and into South America as far south as northern Argentina. However there are a large number of sub-species and it would appear that several distinct species are involved. As studies progress it would appear that Sylvilagus brasiliensis is confined to the Atlantic Forest of north-east Brazil and is classified as Endangered. If split, this photo would be of Sylvilagus andinus

It is a small rabbit normally solitary and usually nocturnal so we were lucky to see this individual during the day.
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