oa African Zoology - Key to the South African Leporidae (Mammalia: Lagomorpha)

Volume 17, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



An identification scheme for the South African Leporidae based on results from detailed morphometric analyses, comparative karyology, interspecific variation in cross-sections through the principal upper incisors, sperm morphology, electrophoretic analyses of blood proteins and qualitative pelage characteristics is presented. The key provides for the identification of three species of Pronolagus; P. rupestris, P. crassicaudatus and P. randensis and two species of Lepus; L. capensis and L. saxatilis. Bunolagus is retained as a monotypic genus.

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