Endangered Animals of Asia

Ryukyu rabbit

Description

  • Mammal
  • "Dense and wooly fur"
  • 45.1~45.2 cm in length
  • Tail is 15 mm
  • Makes clicking sounds/calling noises to alert others
  • Bulky body
  • Long claws for digging their homes underground


text:

IUCNRL, see Yamada, and Sugimura www.iucnredlist.org

TAF, see Carruthers http://www.theanimalfiles.com/mammals/rabbits_hares_pikas/amami_rabbit.html

photo:

WIKIM, see http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/db/Black_rabbit.JPG

Why Is It Endangered?

  • Less than 5,000 rabbits left
  • No sub-species of Ryukyu rabbit
  • Rabbit only lives on two small islands
  • Prey to cats, dogs, and mongooses
  • Logging

  • Natural Monument in 1921 -Japan
  • Special Natural Monument 1963 -Japan
  • Listed in Endangered Species Act in 2004



IUCNRL, see Yamada, and Sugimura www.iucnredlist.org

TAF, see Carruthers http://www.theanimalfiles.com/mammals/rabbits_hares_pikas/amami_rabbit.html


Food Chain

  • Herbivore
Food Source:
  • Forests
Type of Food:
  • Papmas grass, sweet potato stems, bamboo shoots, nuts, berries, leaves, acorns, bark

Is it a predator?

  • No
Who are its predators?
  • Dogs, cats, mongooses


text:

ARK, see Pintus http://www.arkive.org/amami-rabbit/pentalagus-furnessi/

TAF, see Carruthers http://www.theanimalfiles.com/mammals/rabbits_hares_pikas/amami_rabbit.html

photo:

FLI, see Herels http://www.flickr.com/photos/hereistom/8431266852/in/photostream/lightbox/

Habitat

Where does the Ryukyu Rabbit live?
  • Amami-Oshima, Kagoshima Prefecture
Terrain:
  • Dense primary forest

Home:

  • Burrows beneath forest valleys

Climate:

  • Tropical


text:

IUCNRL, see Yamada, and Sugimura www.iucnredlist.org

map:

WIKIM, see Churmendy http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Amami_Rabbit_area.png

Adaptation

  • "Hunts" alone
  • Follows well-worn trails
  • Nocturnal
  • Only eats grass, fruits (herbivore)


ARK, see Pintus http://www.arkive.org/amami-rabbit/pentalagus-furnessi/