First photographic record of tiger presence at higher elevations of the Mishmi Hills in the Eastern Himalayan Biodiversity Hotspot, Arunachal Pradesh, India

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Aisho Sharma Adhikarimayum
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4722-5074
G.V. Gopi
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0909-7086

Abstract

India is home to 70% of the global Tiger Panthera tigris population, resident in five major areas: Shivalik Gangetic Plains, Central & Eastern Ghats, Western Ghats, the Sundarbans, and the northeastern Hills and Brahmaputra flood plain.  Information about tiger ecology in temperate forests is limited.  During January–May 2017, two male tigers were photo-captured in the Mishmi Hills at altitudes of 3,246m and 3630m, where vegetation ranges from temperate mixed forest to sub alpine forest.  The landscape with newly-discovered tigers merits priority protection, and other likely tiger habitats in this region should be surveyed for their presence.

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Adhikarimayum, A.S. and Gopi, G. 2018. First photographic record of tiger presence at higher elevations of the Mishmi Hills in the Eastern Himalayan Biodiversity Hotspot, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 10, 13 (Nov. 2018), 12833–12836. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.4381.10.13.12833-12836.
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Aisho Sharma Adhikarimayum, Department of Endangered Species Management, Wildlife Institute of India, P.O. Box # 18, Chandrabani, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001, India

Research Scholar

Department of Endangered Species Management

Wildlife Institute of India

 

G.V. Gopi, Department of Endangered Species Management, Wildlife Institute of India, P.O. Box # 18, Chandrabani, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001, India

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Department of Endangered Species Management

Wildlife Institute of India

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