Camera trap records of rusty-spotted cat Prionailurus rubiginosus and leopard Cat prionailurus bengalensis (mammalia: Carnivora: felidae) from papikonda National park, northern eastern ghats, India

Aditya, V and Ganesh, Thyagarajan (2016) Camera trap records of rusty-spotted cat Prionailurus rubiginosus and leopard Cat prionailurus bengalensis (mammalia: Carnivora: felidae) from papikonda National park, northern eastern ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 8 (5). pp. 8818-8819. ISSN 8818-8819

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Abstract

The genus Prionailurus includes three species of medium-sized, spotted and striped cats spread ISSN 0974-7907 [Online] across India (Mukherjee 1998). ISSN 0974-7893 (Print) The Leopard Cat Prionailurus bengalensis (Kerr, 1792) is widespread throughout Asia and most of India (Habibi 2004), whereas the Rusty-spotted Cat Prionailurus rubiginosus (I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1831), endemic to India and Sri Lanka, occurs throughout the country. These two cats are classified as Least Concern and Vulnerable, respectively, by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Ross et al. 2015; Khan & Mukherjee 2008). Although the status and distribution of the Prionailurus cats has been well documented in other parts of India (Patel & Jackson 2005; Patel 2006; Manakadan & Sivakumar 2006; Vyas et al. 2007), there have been few documented studies on them in the Eastern Ghats and none in the northern Eastern Ghats. The current note records the occurrence of P. bengalensis and P. rubiginosus through camera trap images in Papikonda National Park located in Andhra Pradesh close to the borders of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Telangana, between 18°29'31"-19°10'53"N & 79°32'28"-83°14'0"E. The Park covers an area of 1,012km', with an elevation ranging from 20m to 850m and straddles the Godavari River. The dominant forest type is moist deciduous, with some patches of semievergreen and dry deciduous forest (Champion & Seth 1968).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research > Research Center - Technical
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2019 08:34
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2019 08:35
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/153389

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