About the book
The order Lagomorpha comprises of two extant families, Ochotonidae (pikas) and Leporidae (rabbits and hares), with around 90 living species. Lagomorphs are economically and scientifically important as major human food resources, valued game species, companion animals, and experimental models in laboratories. Lagomorphs are widespread around the world and inhabit every continent except Antarctica. Therefore, they are sometimes considered to be invasive species, such as in the case of European wild rabbits in Australia, or on the other hand as endangered species, as in the case of pikas in the USA. This book aims to provide readers with general knowledge about taxonomy, distribution, behavior, and biological characteristics of both mentioned families, along with other issues related to stress and animal health, such as importance of viral diseases or the role of gut microbiota and their metabolites on susceptibility to illness in animals. Finally, the book will analyze the actual state in control, conservation, and selection programs in both families.