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Eastern cottontail
Sylvilagus floridanus
Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Branch Deuterostomia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Mammalia
Sub-class Theria
Infra-class Eutheria
Order Information
Order Lagomorpha
Family Information
Family Leporidae
Population statistics

Rabbits are short-tailed rodent-like mammals of the order Lagomorpha, comprising ten genera and twenty-six species, and characterized by long, powerful hind legs and long, erect ears. In contrast to the similar-looking hares, rabbits are born blind, naked, and helpless; they are social and sometimes gregarious. One species (Oryctolagus cuniculus) has been successfully domesticated as a pet, a source for meat and fur, and use in medical research; its importation and release into Australia and other countries caused widespread damage to agriculture.


Order Lagomorpha, Family Leporidae

  • Genus Brachylagus
Pygmy rabbit, Brachylagus idahoensis
  • Genus Bunolagus
Bushman rabbit, Bunolagus monticularis
  • Genus Caprolagus
Hispid hare, Caprolagus hispidus
  • Genus Nesolagus
Annamite striped rabbit, Nesolagus timminsi
Sumatran striped rabbit, Nesolagus netscheri
  • Genus Oryctolagus
European rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus
A rabbit in a rabbit burrow.
  • Genus Pentalagus
Amami rabbit, Pentalagus furnessi
  • Genus Poelagus
Central African Rabbit, Poelagus marjorita
  • Genus Pronolagus
Jameson's red rock hare, Pronolagus randensis
Natal red rock hare, Pronolagus crassicaudatus
Smith's red rock hare, Pronolagus rupestris
  • Genus Romerolagus
Volcano rabbit, Romerolagus diazi
  • Genus Sylvilagus
Brush rabbit, Sylvilagus bachmani
Desert cottontail, Sylvilagus audubonii
Dice's cottontail, Sylvilagus dicei
Eastern cottontail, Sylvilagus floridanus
Forest rabbit, Sylvilagus brasiliensis
Marsh rabbit, Sylvilagus palustris
Mexican cottontail, Sylvilagus cunicularis
Mountain cottontail, Sylvilagus nuttallii
New England cottontail, Sylvilagus transitionalis
Omilteme cottontail, Sylvilagus insonus
San Jose brush rabbit, Sylvilagus mansuetus
Swamp rabbit, Sylvilagus aquaticus
Tres Marias rabbit, Sylvilagus graysoni