Lagomorph Biology: Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation

By Paulo C. Alves (Faculdade de Ciências), Nuno Ferrand (Faculdade de Ciências) and Klaus Hackländer

Lagomorph Biology: Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation PDF. Lagomorphs are a mammalian order which includes rabbits, hares and pikas. They are distributed throughout the world and are of both scientific and public interest as they are classified between endangered and pest species. In addition, some have a high economic value as important game species. In the last few decades, a huge amount of information was made available to the scientific community and resulted in remarkable advances on all aspects of Lagomorph biology. However, this information is dispersed in multiple scientific and non-scientific journals. This book provides an updated synthesis of the current knowledge on Lagomorph biology.

  • First book to cover all aspects of lagomorph biology
  • Provides an updated synthesis of the current knowledge on Lagomorph biology
Table of Contents
Palaeontology and Evolution

Introduction to the Lagomorpha

Prehistoric and Historic Artificial Dispersal of Lagomorphs on the Mediterranean Islands

The Lagomorph Fossil Record and the Origin of the European Rabbit

Inferring the Evolutionary History of the European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) from Molecular Markers

Phylogenetic Aspects of Nuclear and Mitochondrial Gene-Pool Characteristics of South and North African Cape Hares (Lepus capensis) and European Hares (Lepus europaeus)

Population Ecology and Dynamics

The World of Pikas

When? Where? and for How Long? Census Design Considerations for an Alpine Lagomorph, the Collared Pika (Ochotona collaris)

Weather Effects on Reproduction, Survival, and Body Mass of European Rabbits in a Temperate Zone Habitat

Ecosystem Engineering Effects of European Rabbits in a Mediterranean Habitat

Forest-Fire Regime: The Missing Link to Understand Snowshoe Hare Population Fluctuations?

Introduced Lagomorphs as a Threat to “Native” Lagomorphs: The Case of the Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) in Northern Italy

Testing Multiple Hypotheses to Identify Causes of the Decline of a Lagomorph Species: The New England Cottontail as a Case Study

Physiology and Behaviour

Many Common Odour Cues and (at Least) One Pheromone Shaping the Behaviour of Young Rabbits

Mother-Young and Within-Litter Relations in the European Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus

Fertility and Infertility in the European Hare Lepus europaeus in Australia

A Review of Competition between Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and Hares (Lepus europaeus)

Diseases

European Brown Hare Syndrome

How Many Caliciviruses are there in Rabbits? A Review on RHDV and Correlated Viruses

Geographic and Seasonal Variation in the Impact of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease on European Rabbits, Oryctolagus cuniculus, and Rabbit Damage in Australia

Conservation and Management

Conservation of Endangered Lagomorphs

Managing the European Rabbit: Converging Interests Between Australian Research for Rabbit Control and European Research for their Conservation

Improving Rabbit Restocking Success: A Review of Field Experiments in France

Recovering the Endangered Riparian Brush rabbit (Sylvilagus bachmani riparius): Reproduction and Growth in Confinement and Survival after Translocation

Conservation of Critically Endangered Lagomorphs: The Tehuantepec Jackrabbit (Lepus flavigularis) as an Example

A Review of the Biology and Conservation of the Amami Rabbit (Pentalagus furnessi)

Concluding Remarks

Overview of Lagomorph Research: What we have learned and what we still need to do

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