The Rusty-spotted Cat Prionailurus rubiginosus (I. Geoffroy Saint-Hillaire, 1831) (Mammalia: Carnivora: Felidae) in Rajasthan, India – a compilation of two decades

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Satish Kumar Sharma
Meenu Dhakad
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2167-0607

Abstract

In Rajasthan, the presence of the Rusty-spotted Cat Prionailurus rubiginosus was first reported in 1994 in Udaipur District, the southernmost district of Rajasthan.  Since then, it was also recorded in four more districts scattered over an area of about 86,205km2.  We compiled information about the occurrence of the Rusty-spotted Cat in Rajasthan based on direct sightings, road kills, rescued kittens, and camera trap images.  Our data set shows that the Rusty-spotted Cat is also present in eight more districts of Rajasthan that form part of the Aravalli Hills and Vindhyan Hills in the semi-arid zone of eastern Rajasthan.  The area encompassed by these records amounts to 71,586km2.  Kittens were rescued in six instances.  Adult cats were recorded in 45 instances including 41 live cats and four roadkills.  Ten adult live Rusty-spotted Cats were sighted in the mornings, and 31 were recorded after dark between late evenings and early mornings.  They were recorded in eight habitat types including foremost thorny and dry deciduous forests, but also ravines and agricultural fields adjacent to forests, and in forest patches in the vicinity of human settlements.  The preservation of forests is of utmost importance for the long-term viability of the Rusty-spotted Cat.  We strongly recommend surveys outside protected areas to determine the connectivity between Rusty-spotted Cat population units in Rajasthan.

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Sharma, S.K. and Dhakad, M. 2020. The Rusty-spotted Cat Prionailurus rubiginosus (I. Geoffroy Saint-Hillaire, 1831) (Mammalia: Carnivora: Felidae) in Rajasthan, India – a compilation of two decades. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 12, 16 (Dec. 2020), 17213–17221. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.6064.12.16.17213-17221.
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