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Hand colored stone lithograph, by John James Audubon
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Lagomorpha
Family: Leporidae
Genus: Sylvilagus
Species: S. brasiliensis
Binomial name
Sylvilagus brasiliensis
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Tapeti (Sylvilagus brasiliensis), also known as the Brazilian Rabbit or Forest Rabbit, is a cottontail rabbit species found in Central and South America.

It is a solitary nocturnal animal, usually seen after nightfall or before dawn, feeding on grass and browse. It is found in forested habitats, close to swamps and along river edges, and in disturbed areas, such as gardens and plantations.[3]

It is the only leporid species found in most of its range.[3]


  1. ^ Hoffmann, Robert S.; Andrew T. Smith (2005-11-16). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds). ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 208-209. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.  
  2. ^ Mexican Association for Conservation and Study of Lagomorphs (AMCELA), Romero Malpica, F.J. & Rangel Cordero, H. (2008). Sylvilagus brasiliensis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 2009-06-04.
  3. ^ a b Louise H. Emmons and Francois Feer (1997). Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide.  


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