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The Rabbits of North American


The Rabbits of North American

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    Edward William Nelson
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1909 Original Publisher: Govt. print. off. Subjects: Rabbits Juvenile Fiction / Animals / Rabbits Nature / Mammals Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: Genus SYLVILAGUS Gray. SYLVILAGTTS FLORIDANTJS Group (Submenus SYLVILAGTTS). EASTERN COTTONTAILS. The best known and most widely distributed rabbits of North America are the cottontails which live mainly east of the Kocky Mountains in the United States and east of the Sierra Madre in Mexico. The first of these to become known to naturalists was the common cottontail of the eastern United States, named Lepus syl- vaticus by Bachman in 1837. Unfortunately, after long use, this name proved to be preoccupied, and was replaced in 1898 by mallurus of Thomas. By this change floridanus, published in 1890, became the oldest name available for the species and to typify a series of species so closely related that they may be called the floridanus group. Large collections of specimens from the United States and southward show conclusively that a single species, Sylvilagus fioridanus, covers an enormous range extending over most of the eastern United States from the Atlantic coast to the Rocky Mountains and from southern Ontario to the Rio Grande. Beyond this to the south it ranges from the Gulf coast to the Sierra Madre of Mexico and from the northern border of Mexico south, through Yucatan and the highlands of Guatemala, to Nicaragua and Costa Rica (see fig. 11). The range of the floridanus group extends entirely across the continent only at the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and thence southeasterly nearly to the border of Guatemala. Under the varied conditions of the vast area occupied by it, S. floridan...   show more
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