Martha A. Delaney, Piper M. Treuting, Jamie L. Rothenburger

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter discusses diseases of members of the Order Lagomorpha, which consists of two families, Leporidae (rabbits and hares) and Ochotonidae (pikas). Lagomorphs are naturally found throughout the world, except Antarctica. Species of the order Lagomorpha are those that have been domesticated as companion animals or used for meat, fiber, and biomedical research, and those free-ranging members that serve as important constituents of food webs and reservoirs of zoonoses and economically important diseases. A bulk of the described pathology represents diseases of European rabbits and their domesticated derivatives, of which there are over a hundred breeds. OIE listed reportable diseases of concern in this group are rabbit hemorrhagic disease, myxomatosis, and tularemia. This chapter includes unique anatomic and physiologic features, common diseases, and important zoonotic diseases in Lagomorpha.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPathology of Wildlife and Zoo Animals
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780128053065
ISBN (Print)9780128092194
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Disease
  • Hare
  • Leporidae
  • Ochotonidae
  • Pathology
  • Pika
  • Rabbit
  • Tularemia
  • Virus
  • Zoonosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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