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STET Journals.,   Volume(2) - Issue(3), 2015
pp 170-181,   DOI:123.10.0

Food habits and prey selection of tiger and leopard in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve,
Tamil Nadu, India

T. Ramesh;V. Snehalatha, K. Sankar and Qamar Qureshi

Abstract

Food habits and prey selection of tiger (Panthera tigris) and leopard (Panthera pardus) in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu were assessed from January to August 2008. Chital, Axis axis was the most common prey species in the study area with a density of 55.3 ± 6.28 animals/km2 followed by common langur Presbytis entellus with 25.9 ± 3.59 animals/ km2 and gaur Bos gaurus with 11.4 ± 2.14 animals/km2.

Keywords

food habits, line transect, Panthera pardus, Panthera tigris, prey availability, scat analysis, sympatric carnivores, vehicle transect

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10/05/2016
, Accepted
10/05/2016
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