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Common Name: Appalachian Cottontail




Scientific Name:
Sylvilagus obscurus  

Found in higher elevations, appears to prefer more wooded habitat with denser cover than the eastern cottontail.

Herbivorous —thought to prefer green vegetation in summer, twigs and bark in winter.

Interesting Facts:
This species was recently recognized as separate from the New England cottontail.

Further Reading:

  • Chapman, J. A., K. L. Cramer, N. J. Dippenaar, and T. J. Robinson. 1992. "Systematics and biogeography of the New England cottontail, Sylvilagus transitionalis (Bangs, 1895), with a description of a new species from the Appalachian Mountains." Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 105(4): 841–866.
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