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Observed: 10th April 2011 By: FenwickfieldFenwickfield’s reputation in MammalsFenwickfield’s reputation in MammalsFenwickfield’s reputation in Mammals
Hare (2)

In a hay field,there were two but one was facing towards the sun so could only get this pic. Note the long black tipped ears.Much larger than a rabbit and longer legs,seem to be a lot about.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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collins book

It has brown hare as Lepus capensis in this book plus that is what Ispot recommended too,other books say that too also internet wildlife sites.There are differing views among taxonomists as to whether L.capenis and L.europaeus are two distinct species or the europaeus is just a supspecies.I feel I have put the correct scientific name down as this is what is most genaerally used in wildlife books and current literature on Brown hares.


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What's in a name?

The indisision over the status of the brown hare has gone on for a very long time; is the brown hare a seperate species or is it a sub species of the cape hare?

The trouble is writers of books can only go by the current thinking at the time and it is then rarely changed as most books are not revised; and just don't get me on how inaccurate web pages are!

I use three definitive sources; the IUCN Red Data web site which is the web site of one of the key organisations responsible for managing scientific names, The Mammal Society and "Mammals of the British Isles (4th Ed)" by Harris and Yalden. All three agree on L. europaeus as a seperate species. With the use of new techniques current thinking is the attempt to club the three 'brown hares' together under L. capensis is flawed.

The NBN system is great but it is flawed, it is managed by a very small staff and they don't always have the time to update it. Another example is it insists on calling domestic cattle Bos taurus which are African cattle rater than Bos primigenius which is the current accepted name - and as for the distribution of red squirrels . . . .!

Graham Banwell

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