Conservation status

Typically, the ancient rabbit species are threatened with extinction because of low population sizes and restricted distributions, including the riverine rabbit, volcano rabbit, hispid hare, and the two striped rabbits. Some species on islands are also Endangered, such as the Hainan hare, Tres Marias cottontail, and Amami rabbit.

Many species have not been evaluated by IUCN and some of those will undoubtedly be listed as threatened such as the newly described Annamite striped rabbit. Another problem is the taxonomy where relationships between taxa are not well described.

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