Lepus


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Lepus

(lee -pŭs) (Hare) A constellation in the southern hemisphere just south of Orion. The brightest star is the very luminous remote Arneb (α), which is of 2nd magnitude. R Leporis, an intensely red variable star with a period of 430 days during which it ranges in magnitude between 11.7 and about 5.5, is known as Hind's crimson star. The constellation also contains the globular cluster M79 (NGC 1904), a beautiful sight in a 200-millimeter telescope. Abbrev.: Lep; genitive form: Leporis; approx. position: RA 5.5h, dec –20°; area: 290 sq deg.

Lepus

[′lē·pəs]
(astronomy)
A southern constellation, right ascension 5.5 hours, declination 20°S. Also known as Hare.
(vertebrate zoology)
The type genus of the family Leporidae, comprising the typical hares.
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Such cycles in the population density of some mammals are clearly defined, just like happens for Lepus americanus, whose interval of duration is of eight to ten years, period during which there are population peaks and declines related basically with the supply of food, predation and the leveret survival.
Trophic interactions between two medium-sized mammals: The case of the native Dolichotispatagonum and the exotic Lepus europaeus in a hyper-arid ecosystem.
The locality of this new record is at the southeastern border of the range of Lepus californicus festinus and is geographically separated from that of L.
Canis, Felis, Rattus, Equus, Macaca, Lepus, Ovis, and Vulpes).
Remains of Dipodomys were present in 40%, Thomomys in 20%, and Lepus in 10% of all coyotes examined.
LEPUS, THE HARE, isn't a constellation much explored by binocular stargazers.
Mammals known from the study area include Dipodomys ordii (Ord's kangaroo rat), Onychomys leucogaster (northern grasshopper mouse), Perognathus flavescens (plains pocket mouse), Peromyscus maniculatus (deer mouse), Reithrodontomys montanus (plains harvest mouse), Sigmodon hispidus (hispid cotton rat), Neotoma micropus (wood rat), Spermophilus spilosoma (spotted ground squirrel), Canis latrans (coyote), Taxidea taxus (badger), Lepus californicus (black-tailed jackrabbit), Sylvilagus audubonii (desert cottontail), Antilocapra americana (pronghorn), and Bos bos (cattle).
LATE ON DARK December evenings, and earlier after dinnertime in January, bright Orion marches up the southeastern sky with dim Lepus, the Hare, crouching under his feet.
Records of jackrabbits (Lepus) also are widespread in time and space; all paleontological and archaeological records lie within the current range of Lepus californicus.
The cluster is relatively easy to identify since it's the only globular in the region; its nearest neighbor, M79, lies nearly 16[degrees] to the northwest in Lepus.
In October, 1845, I remarked on a most fiery or scarlet star on the confines of Lepus and Orion," wrote English astronomer John Russell Hind.