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Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Volume 37.2 (2014) Pages: 233-242

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

Dellafiore, C. M., Rouco, C., Muñoz Vallés, S., Gallego Fernándex, J. B.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2014.37.0233

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Abstract

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

Keywords

Retama monosperma, Iberian peninsula, Rabbit predation risk, Feeding site, Seed dispersal

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Dellafiore, C. M., Rouco, C., Muñoz Vallés, S., Gallego Fernándex, J. B., 2014. Seasonal habitat use by the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in a coastal dune system in SW Spain. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 37: 233-242, DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2014.37.0233

Reception date:

05/10/2014

Acceptation date:

20/11/2014

Publication date:

12/12/2014

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