Mammals of Papikonda Hills, northern Eastern Ghats, India

Vikram Aditya, Thyagarajan Ganesh


Papikonda National Park covering an area of 1,012km2 holds high conservation value as the only national park in the geographically vast northern Eastern Ghats.  The tropical moist deciduous forests support species assemblages characteristic of the Eastern Ghats. We conducted the first comprehensive assessment of the mammal diversity in Papikonda National Park using camera traps, sign surveys and community interviews between October 2014 and March 2015, combined with a comprehensive literature review of research articles, field guides and IUCN species range reports.  A total of 55 species from 46 genera belonging to 24 families were enumerated.  There was a high diversity of carnivores (15 species), followed by chiropterans (13 species) and rodents (11 species).  


Diversity; mammals; Papikonda National Park.

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