Insights into the spatial and temporal ecology of the sunda clouded leopard Neofelis diardi

Andrew J. Hearn and Joanna Ross and Daniel Pamin and Henry Bernard and Luke Hunter (2013) Insights into the spatial and temporal ecology of the sunda clouded leopard Neofelis diardi. The Raffles Bulletin Of Zoology, 61 (2). pp. 871-875. ISSN 0217-2445


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The Sunda clouded leopard Neofelis diardi is an extremely challenging species to study and as such remains one of the least known of the world's larger (>10 kg) cats. We used a combination of radio-tracking and camera-trap surveys to provide some of the first insights into the spatial and temporal ecology of this elusive felid. A female clouded leopard, radio-tagged and tracked over 109 days in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, occupied a home-range of 16.1 km2 and a core-range of 5.4 km2 (95% and 50% fixedkernel estimators, respectively). Photographic records of this species from three intensive camera-trap surveys, amounting to 135 independent capture events of at least 22 individuals, were pooled and used to investigate patterns of activity. Sunda clouded leopards were found to be primarily, although not exclusively, nocturnal. We compare our results with those from two field studies of the mainland clouded leopard, N. nebulosa, in Thailand. Although preliminary, our data serve to underscore the need for more intensive research of this elusive wild cat. © National University of Singapore.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Activity patterns, Borneo, Homerange, Neofelis diardi
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2014 04:31
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 07:43

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