The European rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus (O. c.) is a small game species found in several parts of the world and represents an important resource for many predators. It has been classified as a Near-Threatened species on the Red List of Italian Vertebrates even though it is also considered to be an agricultural pest species in many areas. It is a polytypic species present as two known subspecies:
VALVO, MARIO LO; RUSSO, ROBERTA; MANCUSO, FRANCESCO PAOLO; and PALLA, FRANCO
"mtDNA diversity in a rabbit population from Sicily (Italy),"
Turkish Journal of Zoology: Vol. 41:
4, Article 7.
Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/zoology/vol41/iss4/7