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Range DescriptionN. timminsi occurs in the northern Annamites, almost certainly in the central Annamites where there have been reports of a striped rabbit, and possibly in the southern Annamites in Viet Nam and Lao PDR. It was described in the 1990s from Ha Tinh Province, Viet Nam, and is known only from the vicinity of the type locality (Hoffmann and Smith 2005). The known distribution is based on about 10 localities (Averianov et al. 2000). Presence of N. timminsi in the central Annamites seems likely because of the ecological similarity with northern areas, and a forest dwelling rabbit has been reported to be present (Long 2006). Presence further north and south of its known range cannot be ruled out on the basis of ecological factors. Total extent of occurrence is thought to be no more that 10,000 sq. km in the northern Annamites (within five main forest areas). A similar extent of occurrence is expected in the central Annamite region, although it is likely smaller in total area and broken into a series of generally smaller forests. If the species should be confirmed as occurring in the southern Annamites and the northern highlands, the distribution would be much more restricted. The elevational range is unknown, but all records of the species come from relatively low altitudes (below 1,000 m) and the species probably could utilize habitats down to sea level (although few such areas now exist).