What Is the Scientific Name for a Rabbit?

The scientific name for a rabbit depends on its genus, accordingly, the domestic or European rabbit’s scientific name is Oryctolagus cuniculus while an Eastern cottontail rabbit has the scientific name Sylvilagus floridanus. Rabbits and hares belong to the family Leporidae. There are more than 10 genera, including Lepus, Nesolagus and Brachylagus.

The genus Lepus includes hares and jackrabbits, and the genus Brachylagus consists of pygmy rabbits. Sumatran rabbits belong to the genus Nesolagus.

Rabbits are herbivores that can live on different continents and a large percent of rabbits are found in North America. Rabbits can have a lifespan of nearly 10 years. Rabbits tend to live in groups and in the wild, European rabbits live in burrows.