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Hainan hare

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Lagomorpha
Genus  Lepus
Higher classification  Hare
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Leporidae
Scientific name  Lepus hainanus
Rank  Species
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Similar  Yarkand hare, Yunnan hare, Ethiopian hare, Chinese hare, Woolly hare

The Hainan hare (Lepus hainanus) is a species of hare endemic to Hainan Island, China.

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Description

The Hainan hare is small; its body length is less than 40 centimetres (16 in) and weighs only 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb). Its head is small and round. It has long ears that are longer than its hind feet. The upper part of the tail is black, while the under parts are white. It has a more colorful coat than most other hares: its back is brownish black and white, its belly is white, the fur on the flank is a mixture of brownish yellow and brownish white, and its limbs are dark brown.

Behavior

The Hainan hare is a solitary animal and active at night or dusk. It does not live in burrows, but hides in bushes. It likes to live in flat, cool land with many bushes.

Habitat and distribution

The Hainan hare is found in the dry grassland of Western Hainan Island. It does not live in mountains or agricultural land.

Threats

In previous years, the Hainan hare was slaughtered for skin, and this continues to some degree. It is also threatened by loss of habitat. Most of the habitat and animals on Hainan are threatened by similar factors, like the Hainan black crested gibbon, one of the world's rarest primates.

Conservation

There is no control for overhunting of this rabbit and habitat destruction, even though it is considered endangered. Little is known on specific populations.

References

Hainan hare Wikipedia


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