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Periodicity of Refection in the Wild Rabbit

Nature volume 149, pages 553554 (16 May 1942) | Download Citation

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SINCE my previous communication on this subject1various fresh data have thrown new light on the coprophagy or refection rhythm in wild rabbits. Taylor2 reported, that of a number of wild rabbits shot and examined for the presence in the stomach of soft fæcal pellets such as are re-ingested immediately, those shot in the evening contained such pellets ; those shot in the morning did not. He suggested, therefore, that the rhythm in wild rabbits was the reverse of that found in domestic rabbits ; the resting period of the former being during the day, naturally this would be the time when soft or 'night' pellets are produced and swallowed.

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    , NATURE, 145, 262 (1940).

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    , Vet. Rec, 52, 259–62.

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    , NATURE, 145, 628–9 (1940).

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  1. Bureau of Animal Population, University Museum, Oxford. March 31.

    • H. N. SOUTHERN

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