Status of Asiatic Golden Cat Catopuma temminckii Vigors & Horsfield, 1827 (Carnivora: Felidae) in Bhutan

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Tashi Dhendup
http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0574-6218

Abstract

The Asiatic Golden Cat is a Near Threatened wild cat species as listed by the IUCN. Being a lesser studied species, there is a general paucity of data and hence, global assessment of its true status has been very difficult. In Bhutan, available information on this species is mainly from biodiversity surveys on big mammals such as Tiger and Snow Leopard. A modest attempt has been made to review all available literature on Asiatic Golden Cat in Bhutan and abroad to describe the current status of the species in the country and the need for further studies.

 

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Dhendup, T. 2016. Status of Asiatic Golden Cat Catopuma temminckii Vigors & Horsfield, 1827 (Carnivora: Felidae) in Bhutan. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 8, 4 (Apr. 2016), 8698–8702. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.2560.8.4.8698-8702.
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Author Biography

Tashi Dhendup, Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment, Department of Forest and Park Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan, Lamai Goempa, Bumthang Bhutan 32001

Research Officer,
Department of Conservation Biology

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