Key role of European rabbits in the conservation of the Western Mediterranean basin hotspot.

  title={Key role of European rabbits in the conservation of the Western Mediterranean basin hotspot.},
  author={Miguel Delibes-Mateos and Miguel Delibes and Pablo Ferreras and R. M. Villafuerte},
  journal={Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology},
  volume={22 5},
The Mediterranean Basin is a global hotspot of biodiversity. Hotspots are said to be experiencing a major loss of habitat, but an added risk could be the decline of some species having a special role in ecological relationships of the system. We reviewed the role of European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) as a keystone species in the Iberian Peninsula portion of the Mediterranean hotspot. Rabbits conspicuously alter plant species composition and vegetation structure through grazing and seed… CONTINUE READING
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