Interim profile, incomplete information
Details of this species in New Zealand
Invasiveness: Not specified
Source: Parkes 2001
Arrival Date: 1851
Species Notes for this Location:
Lepus europaeus is widespread in pastures and native short and tall-tussock grasslands in New Zealand. L. europaeus was introduced to New Zealand from the United Kingdom in 1851 at the same time as the European rabbit (Orgctolagus cuniculus) but did not attract attention until numbers increased due to the decline of the O. cuniculus population due to control measures. (Flux 1965; Parkes 2001).
Management Notes for this Location:
Methods by which to monitor L. europaeus population and impacts in New Zealand have been studied with the view of setting target densities for control operations (Parkes 2001). Methods for density estimation investigated included faecal pellet counts, spotlight count, and line transect estimates. Impact estimation methods included plant biomass estimation of biomass, and species composition and biomass.
Competition: The Kea (Nestor notabilis) is listed as 'Vulnerable (VU) in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Introduced mammals may be competing for depleting winter food resources, they include brush-tailed possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), Himalayan thar (Hemitragus jemlahicus), hare (Lepus europaeus), Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) and Red deer (Cervus elaphus) (BirdLife International 2008).
Last Modified: 4/10/2010 2:33:38 p.m.