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Lagomorpha Characteristics

María-José Argente

Miguel Hernandez University


María Luz Garcia Pardo

Miguel Hernandez University

Kevin Dalton

University of Oviedo


Leporidae Ochotonidae Habitat Nutrition Reproduction Diseases Gut microbiota Immune system Welfare Climate change Control Conservation

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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.

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María-José Argente

Miguel Hernandez University

María José Argente graduated as agronomic engineer in animal production and obtained her PhD in agronomic engineering in rabbit genetics from Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) in 1996. She is an Associate Professor in animal science at Department of Agro-Food Technology at Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (UMH, Spain). She spent a sabbatical year at Institute of Cell, Animal and Population Biology at University of Edinburgh in 2000, in order to study major genes affecting litter size and uterine capacity in rabbits. Since 2002, she is leading the research team in rabbit genetics at UMH. This has allowed her: 1) collaboration with other national and international research teams (UK, France, Slovakia and Algeria), 2) authorship and co-authorship of more than 90 scientific papers (30 papers indexed in international database Web of Science), and 3) to become a referee for international journals (Animals, Biology, Livestock Science, and World Rabbit Science). Her research is focused on genetic improvement of litter size in rabbits using indirect methods, such as selection for environmental sensitivity and impact assessment on health and welfare status of does. For further information on her scientific publications, please visit

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