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

  • John A. Litvaitis
  • Michael S. Barbour
  • Anne L. Brown
  • Adrienne I. Kovach
  • Marian K. Litvaitis
  • James D. Oehler
  • Brenda L. Probert
  • Douglas F. Smith
  • Jeffrey P. Tash
  • Rafael Villafuerte

The New England cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) was first described by Otram Bangs at the turn of the 19th century (Bangs 1895), and is recognized as a distinct species (Holden and Eabry 1970; Wilson 1981). Also called coney or cooney, the New England cottontail (NEC) is a medium-sized rabbit (total length: 398–439 mm, weight: 995–1,347 g; Chapman 1999) with a coat that is dark brown to buff and overlain with a blackwash that gives it a penciled effect. The anterior edges of the ears are covered with black hair and there is a black spot between the ears. These characteristics, combined with morphological features and body mass, differentiate NEC from eastern cottontails (Sylvilagus floridanus) (Litvaitis et al. 1991).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John A. Litvaitis
    • 1
  • Michael S. Barbour
    • 1
  • Anne L. Brown
    • 1
  • Adrienne I. Kovach
    • 1
  • Marian K. Litvaitis
    • 1
  • James D. Oehler
    • 1
  • Brenda L. Probert
    • 1
  • Douglas F. Smith
    • 1
  • Jeffrey P. Tash
    • 1
  • Rafael Villafuerte
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Natural ResourcesUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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