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Long-term decline of the European wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in south-western Spain

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Autor: Moreno, Sacramento
Beltrán Gala, Juan Francisco
Cotilla, Irene
Kufner, M.B
Laffite, Rafael
Jordan, Gloria
Ayala, José
Quintero, Carmen
Jiménez, Antonio
Castro, Francisca
Cabezas, Sonia
Villafuerte, Rafael
Departamento: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Zoología
Fecha: 2007
Publicado en: Wildlife Research, 34, 652-658.
Tipo de documento: Artículo
Resumen: The European wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) is a species native to the Iberian Peninsula, where it was once extremely abundant. It is considered the most important prey item for the peninsula's assemblage of Mediterranean vertebrate predators, which includes two endangered specialist rabbit feeders, the Spanish imperial eagle (Aquila adalberti) and the Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus). However, rabbit population trends in Spain have not been accurately documented. In the present study, we analysed trends in a population of European rabbits monitored over 23 years in the Doñana National Park, home to one of the most diverse and densest predator communities in Europe. Rabbit abundance and population trends were estimated using roadside counts. Results show that the rabbit population declined sharply by ∼60% during the first wave of epizootic rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHD) in 1990. Since then, rabbit numbers have declined at a relatively constant rate and the species has become progre...
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Cita: Moreno, S., Beltrán Gala, J.F., Cotilla, I., Kufner, M.B., Laffite, R., Jordan, G.,...,Villafuerte, R. (2007). Long-term decline of the European wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in south-western Spain. Wildlife Research, 34, 652-658.
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URI: https://hdl.handle.net/11441/71318

DOI: 10.1071/WR06142

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