Small carnivores of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, the southern Western Ghats, India

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E. R. Sreekumar
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1829-9130
P. O. Nameer
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7110-6740

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The small carnivores of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary were surveyed using camera traps.  The study was conducted between November 2016 and February 2017 at 111 camera trap locations.  Twenty-five mammal species were recorded, including nine small carnivores from the Mustelidae, Viverridae, Herpestidae and Felidae families.  Species included the Asian Small-clawed Otter Aonyx cinereus, Brown Palm Civet Paradoxurus jerdoni, Common Palm Civet Paradoxurus hermaphroditus, Small Indian Civet Viverricula indica, Indian Grey Mongoose Herpestes edwardsii, Ruddy Mongoose Herpestes smithii, Stripe-necked Mongoose Herpestes vitticollis, Jungle Cat Felis chaus and Leopard Cat Prionailurus bengalensis.  The most common small carnivore was Viverricula indica, followed by Herpestes vitticollis and Paradoxurus hermaphroditus.  Time activity patterns revealed that the viverrids were nocturnal while the herpestids were diurnal.  The sanctuary supports one endemic species of small carnivore, Paradoxurus jerdoni, and one threatened species, Aonyx cinereus, which is Vulnerable according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.  This documentation highlights the biodiversity significance of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and the Nilgiri mountain range in the Western Ghats. 

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Sreekumar, E.R. and Nameer, P.O. 2018. Small carnivores of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, the southern Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 10, 1 (Jan. 2018), 11218–11225. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.3651.10.1.11218-11225.
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