The Laboratory Rabbit, Guinea Pig, Hamster, and Other Rodents

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M. Suckow, K. Stevens, and R. Wilson, editors, 2012. The Laboratory Rabbit, Guinea Pig, Hamster, and Other Rodents, 1st edition. Elsevier, Oxford, UK.
Chapter 6 The Domestic Rabbit, Oryctolagus Cuniculus: Origins and History, pp. 157-163

1. True or False: All varieties of domestic rabbits used in modern research were developed from the Asian rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus?

2. Some rabbits are resistant to the toxic effects of consuming a diet of belladonna due to the inheritance of which enzyme?

a. Atropine catalase

b. Acetylcholine catalase

c. Atropine esterase

d. Acetylcholine esterase

3. Linnaeus initially proposed the clade ___________ as a way of grouping of rodents and lagomorphs based upon morphological similarity?

4. What was the original genus and species name for the European rabbit before being renamed Orytolagus cuniculus in 1873-1874?

a. Sylvilagus floridanus

b. Lepus cuniculus

c. Lepus oiostolus

d. Ochotona princeps

5. The European rabbit belongs to the order ____________ and Family _________.

6. Which of the following genus does not belong in the family Leporidae?

a. Prolagus

b. Sylvilagus

c. Brachylagus

d. Lepus

7. True or False: Oryctolagus algirus is the oldest recorded Oryctolagus species.

8. Where was the oldest recorded Orytolagus species found?

a. Northern Spain

b. Southern Spain

c. West-central India

d. Iberian Peninsula

9. True or False: The subspecies Oryctolagus cuniculus algirus exhibits a higher degree of polymorphism than Oryctolagus cuniculus cuniculus despite its restricted home range?

10. Name one feature of rabbits which resulted in their exploitation for food.

11. The Romans considered consuming the newborn kits and unborn rabbit fetuses to be a delicacy called __________.

12. Which of the following is listed as the oldest recorded breed of rabbit?

a. Champagne

b. New Zealand White

c. Dutch

d. Silver Fox

13. Which breed of rabbit is the model of choice for performing the acute irritancy Draize test?

a. Champagne

b. New Zealand White

c. Dutch

d. Cinnamon

14. How many breeds of rabbits are currently recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association?

a. 63

b. 37

c. 29

d. 47

15. The only established feral rabbit population in North America is located in ____________.

16. Which breed of rabbit is considered a critically endangered breed?

a. Lilac

b. Crème d’Argent

c. American Chinchilla

d. American Fuzzy Lop

17. Which breed of rabbit is considered a threatened breed for extinction?

a. Belgian Hare

b. American

c. Satin

d. Silver Fox

18. True or False: IN 2008, the International Union for Conservation of Nature classified wild Orytolagus cuniculus as “Near Threatened with extinction” throughout its native range.

1. False- They were derived from the European rabbit

2. b. Atropine esterase

3. Glires

4. b. Lepus cuniculus

5. Lagomorpha, Leporidae

6. a. Prolagus

7. False- Oryctolagus larynsis was the oldest recorded Oryctolagus species.

8 d. Iberian Peninsula

9. True

10. Prolific breeding capacity

11. Laurices

12. a. Champagne

13. b. New Zealand White

14. d. 47

15. the San Juan Islands off the Washington coast

16. c. American Chinchilla

17. a. Belgian Hare

18. True

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