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1 Brown Hare at Mount Majura

Lepus capensis at Mount Majura - 10 Apr 2018

Identification history

Rabbit / Hare Lepus capensis 10 Apr 2018 ChrisM
Rabbit / Hare Lepus capensis 10 Apr 2018 wombey128
Unidentified 10 Apr 2018 waltraud408

Author's notes

Fresh dead, no signs of wounds; possibly killed by Calici virus. I found a dead rabbit which was calici positive about 100m further north in winter 2016.

2 comments

waltraud408 wrote:
   2 May 2018
Robyn Hall CSIRO confirmed the hare tested positive for RHDV2, most likely the recombinant variant reported here (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29226567 / https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2017/08/09/173930). Further testing will be conducted to confirm this.
Robyn wrote:

...the rabbit caliciviruses used for biocontrol purposes in Australia (RHDV1 and RHDVa-K5) are specific for European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). However, the RHDV2 virus can also infect a number of hare species, including the European brown hare found in Australia.
So far, we have detected a limited number of hares (<10) infected with RHDV2 in Australia, although none previously from the ACT. However, we only rarely receive hare samples. The extent of RHDV2 infection in Australian hare populations is currently unknown. Hares are considered a pest animal in Australia.
The recombinant strain refers to a virus with the outer shell of RHDV2 and the inner virus machinery of an RHDVa virus. Because this virus has the outer shell of RHDV2 it behaves in very much the same way i.e. it can infect hares and young rabbit kittens whereas RHDV1 and RHDVa viruses can’t. This variant was first detected in NSW in 2016 and has since been detected in a number of rabbits and hares in NSW, the ACT, and Victoria (one case). It continues to be dominant in the local Canberra, Yass, Michelago, Carwoola area.
waltraud408 wrote:
   11 May 2018
CSIRO has completed further testing and can confirm this is the recombinant RHDV2 virus form as described in previous comment.
Waltraud 11 May 2018

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Lepus capensis at Mount Majura - 10 Apr 2018
Heliotropium europaeum at Mount Majura - 16 Mar 2018
Calvatia sp. at Mount Majura - 1 Jul 2016
Laccaria sp. at Mount Majura - 1 Jul 2016
Tiliqua rugosa at Mount Majura - 24 Mar 2016
Vittadinia muelleri at Mount Majura - 18 Feb 2016
Tiliqua rugosa at Mount Majura - 4 Feb 2016
Nassella trichotoma at Mount Majura - 11 Dec 2015
Perga sp. (genus) at Mount Majura - 13 Mar 2015

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  • Exotic
  • Non-Invasive

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