The European Rabbit: History and Biology of a Successful Colonizer by Harry V. Thompson

The European Rabbit: History and Biology of a Successful Colonizer

EditorHarry V. Thompson, Carolyn M. King

Hardcover | April 1, 1992

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This book reviews the biology of the rabbit as a successful invader and colonizer, summarizing many long-term scientific studies and the history of efforts to control it in Britain, continental Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Enjoyed for its meat and fur, but cursed for its impact onecosystems and agriculture, the rabbit is often at the centre of ecological controversy. The first two chapters describe the origins, evolution, and taxonomy of Oryctolagus cuniculus and its natural and assisted spread. The following four chapters on Europe, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand cover common subjects such as reproduction, population-dynamics, and control operations.The parallels and contrasts in the behaviour, ecology, and management of rabbits in very different environments are fascinating. The last chapter gives a comprehensive review of myxomatosis, arguably the most important and best-studied epizootic in the history of wildlife management.

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Carolyn M. King is at The Royal Society of New Zealand.
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Title:The European Rabbit: History and Biology of a Successful ColonizerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 9.65 × 7.68 × 0.79 inPublished:April 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198576110

ISBN - 13:9780198576112

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Taxonomy and origins2. World distribution3. The rabbit in continental Europe4. The rabbit in Britain5. The rabbit in Australia6. The rabbit in New Zealand7. MyxomatosisIndex