New Species of Cottontail Rabbit Identified: Sylvilagus parentum

A new class of cottontail rabbit (genus Sylvilagus) has been described from a lowlands of western Suriname by Portland State University Professor Luis Ruedas.

The Suriname lowland timberland cottontail (Sylvilagus parentum). Image credit: UOL / IUCN.

The Suriname lowland timberland cottontail (Sylvilagus parentum). Image credit: UOL / IUCN.

Prof. Ruedas done a find after study rabbit specimens during a Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, a Netherlands.

The specimens were collected in a 1980s by Dutch scientists during a fieldwork in Suriname.

The researcher complicated a anatomy of a specimens and dynamic they were incomparable and made differently than other rabbits via South America.

He named a newfound class a Suriname lowland timberland cottontail.

The systematic name of a species, Sylvilagus parentum, honors Prof. Ruedas’ parents, Patricio Ruedas Younger and Paloma Martín Daza.

“The rabbit find in South America could impact how animal class are identified as unique, that is an critical step when last if a class is endangered,” Prof. Ruedas said.

“It could also lead to charge efforts in Suriname, where environmental plunge is melancholy a rabbit’s habitat.”

Sylvilagus parentum is comparatively vast for a South American cottontail.

The class measures 15.3 inches (39 cm) in conduct and physique length and 10 inches (2.5 cm) in tail length.

The length of a ears is about 2.4 inches (6 cm).

The normal mass is around 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg).

The new class is described in a paper recently published in a online book of a Journal of Mammalogy.


Luis A. Ruedas. A new class of cottontail rabbit (Lagomorpha: Leporidae: Sylvilagus) from Suriname, with comments on a taxonomy of associated taxa from northern South America. Journal of Mammalogy, published online May 17, 2017; doi: 10.1093/jmammal/gyx048