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Seasonal habitat use by the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in a coastal dune system in SW Spain

 

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Author: Dellafiore Capiello, Claudia
Rouco Zufiaurre, Carlos
Muñoz Vallés, Sara
Gallego Fernández, Juan Bautista
Department: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Biología Vegetal y Ecología
Date: 2014
Published in: Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 37 (2), 233-242.
Document type: Article
Abstract: Seasonal habitat use by the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in a coastal dune system in SW Spain. _ We studied habitat use by the wild European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in a coastal sand dune system in the south-western Iberian peninsula. Our goals were to define the use of this habitat by rabbits in relation to food and shelter availability between seasons. Rabbit density, food availability and refuge abundance were analysed using multiple regression analyses. We found that, independently of season, habitat selection was principally related to cover by the woody shrub Retama monosperma which rabbits use both as a food resource and as protection against predators. Although it is an invasive native plant, the benefits that R. monosperma provides to the wild rabbit population should be taken into account when deciding wild rabbit management strategies. Uso estacional del hábitat por parte del conejo de monte (Oryctolagus cuniculus) en un sistema de dunas costeras en el suroeste de España. _ Estudiamos el uso del hábitat por parte del conejo de monte silvestre (Oryctolagus cuniculus) en un sistema ...
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