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Small carnivores of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Sabah, Borneo, including a new locality for the otter civet Cynogale bennettii

Evans, Meaghan N., Vickers, Stephen H., Abu-Bakhar, Mohd. S. and Goossens, Benoit 2016. Small carnivores of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Sabah, Borneo, including a new locality for the otter civet Cynogale bennettii. Small Carnivore Conservation 54 , pp. 26-38.

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Abstract

The tropical rainforest biodiversity of Sabah, Borneo is threatened by large-scale agricultural development, logging, and increasing hunting pressures. From 2010— 2015, an extensive camera-trapping study in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary (LKWS) monitored wildlife utilisation of a lowland riparian forest corridor. This effort, culminating in nearly 600,000 images, was the longest running cameratrapping study in the Sanctuary, and documented 11 small carnivore species over 24,506 trap nights. The Malay Civet Viverra tangalunga was the most frequently detected species, followed by the Malay Badger Mydaus javanensis and the Common Palm Civet Paradoxurus hermaphroditus. The survey also collected the first photographic record of an Otter Civet Cynogale bennettii in the LKWS, which represents a new locality for this little-known Southeast Asian species. Opportunistic sightings of five additional species, including the Endangered Flat-headed Cat Prionailurus planiceps, increased the total count of small carnivores persisting in the LKWS to 16. Given the highly degraded and fragmented status of the LKWS, this study highlights the importance of riparian lowland forest fragments in sustaining carnivore diversity, and also emphasizes the importance of continued, long-term monitoring efforts

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Viverridae, Mustelidae, fragmented lowland rainforest, camera-trapping, Borneo, palm oil plantation
Publisher: Small Carnivore Specialist Group
ISSN: 1019-5041
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 10:53
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/94670

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