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Biology, anatomy and physiology

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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the biology of the rabbit, including breeds and varieties, longevity and ageing, together with the anatomy and physiology of rabbits.

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1.1 Examples of breeds of domestic rabbit, showing typical adult bodyweight. (© CBC, University of Newcastle)
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1.3 The rabbit’s upper lip is cleft and the oral commissure is small, with a gape of only 25–30 degrees.
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1.4 Diagram of the skull of a rabbit indicating the position of the teeth and the nasolacrimal duct. Drawn by S.J. Elmhurst BA Hons (www.livingart.org.uk) and printed with her permission.
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1.5 Jaw movements during chewing vary depending on the food type. The normal lateral power stroke when eating a wild-type diet of grass becomes more vertical in a rabbit on a commercial diet. (Courtesy of David Crossley). Drawn by S.J. Elmhurst BA Hons (www.livingart.org.uk) and printed with her permission.
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1.6 A prominent dewlap is a normal feature of the doe.
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1.7 The plantar surfaces of the feet have no footpads and are covered in hair.
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1.8 Diagram of the tympanic bulla. Drawn by S.J. Elmhurst BA Hons (www.livingart.org.uk) and printed with her permission.
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1.9 The thorax of the rabbit is small in comparison to the abdomen and the thymus remains prominent in the adult animal.
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1.10 Diagrammatic representation of the anatomy of the rabbit’s gastrointestinal tract. Caecotrophs are reingested to maximize the use of nutrients. Drawn by S.J. Elmhurst BA Hons (www.livingart.org.uk) and printed with her permission.

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