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News From The Field: Melanistic Marbled Cat
March 7, 2011Posted by on
Wild cats can’t be saved without knowing what they need to survive in their natural habitat. What kind of habitat do they use? What are their activity patterns & social organizations? Without data collected by field biologists, conservation programs can’t be put in place. To further our educational efforts, we are posting regular Monday summaries of a paper written by wild cat field biologists, which briefly outlines their findings.
In recent decades there have been an increasing number of camera trap studies occurring throughout Southeast Asia. Although not the target species, photographs of marbled cats are occasionally recorded and may give insight to some aspects of the species’ ecology. Here we report on a series of camera trap photographs that were recorded of a melanistic [black] marbled cat Prionailurus marmorata in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in southeastern Sumatra. These photos constitute the first documented indication of melanism in marbled cats.
Hariyo T Wibisono and Jennifer McCarthy
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