| This large, long-eared rabbit was known to live only in one small mountain range in Mexico. It lived, and perhaps still lives, in dense cloud forest where the underbrush is thick. Because of its isolated habitat, and because it is nocturnal and hides its burrows under rocks or other shelter, it was never easy to find. There are only a few specimens in museum collections. Its known range is now a nature preserve, but in spite of that, logging, hunting, and other intrusions occur. Scientists searching for it in the 1990s found no Omiltemi Cottontails. It is either critically endangered - or worse.
Total Length: 430, 440 mm (2 specimens) Tail: 40, 45 mm.
Nelson, 1904. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 17:103.
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