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Long-term study of litter size in relation to population density in rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in Lincolnshire, England

  • R. C. Trout (a1) and G. C. Smith (a2)

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After the introduction of myxomatosis to the U.K. in 1953, the rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus population crashed to less than 1% of its original size (Lloyd, 1970). Since that time the population has been slowly recovering, and reached about 20% of pre-myxomatosis levels by 1980 (Lloyd, 1981; Trout, Tapper & Harradine, 1986). Between 1980 and 1986 an index of rabbit abundance was produced from field surveys, which resulted in an estimated population growth rate of just under 1% per year but there has been no objective assessment of the changes nationally since 1986.

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All correspondence to: G. C. Smith, Central Science Laboratory, Sand Hutton, York YO41 1LZ, U.K.

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Long-term study of litter size in relation to population density in rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in Lincolnshire, England

  • R. C. Trout (a1) and G. C. Smith (a2)

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