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Conservation of Endangered Lagomorphs

  • Andrew T. Smith

There is a widely held perception that all lagomorphs are fecund (“they breed like rabbits”) and are sufficiently generalist in their ecology such that they can be considered amply buffered from environmental change and thus be unlikely candidates to appear on lists of threatened species. It is true that many lagomorph species fit this perception; indeed some of the most important game animals in the world are lagomorphs, such as the European rabbit and many cottontail and hare species. However, the generalization is untrue for a surprising number of lagomorphs. Approximately a quarter of all lagomorphs are threatened with extinction (nearly the same percentage as for all mammal species; Baillie et al. 2004). In this chapter I will review the historical treatment of threatened lagomorphs, outline the current threatened (global Red List status) of lagomorphs, and highlight ongoing proactive conservation measures being taken to ensure that we can preserve the important and rich diversity of lagomorphs.

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Data Deficient European Rabbit European Hare Critically Endanger Conservation Action Plan 
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  • Andrew T. Smith
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  1. 1.School of Life SciencesArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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