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Biogeographical distribution and natural groupings among five sympatric wild cats in tropical South Asia
Biodiversity-Journal of Life on Earth (2007)
  • Mohammed Ashraf
Abstract
Small to large carnivorous mammals in the tropical belt face extinction at an unprecedented rate. The vanishing of sympatric wild cats appears to be due to habitat fragmentation, human encroachment & poaching. The focus of this study is on ecological and distributional parameters that influence the wild cat communities in tropical South Asia. The distributional data for five sympatric cats is analyzed with the aim of understanding the species-habitat association under a conceptually unified binary-matrix framework. The use of cluster analysis techniques in this ecological study have helped to reveal the natural groupings among felid guilds and their ecological resource partitioning mechanism in shared habitats.
Keywords
  • Ecology,
  • Leopard Cat,
  • Cluster Analysis,
  • South Asia,
  • Felid Ecology,
  • Statistics,
  • Wildlife Ecology,
  • Sympatric Carnivore
Publication Date
Fall November, 2007
Citation Information
Mohammed Ashraf. "Biogeographical distribution and natural groupings among five sympatric wild cats in tropical South Asia" Biodiversity-Journal of Life on Earth Vol. 8 Iss. 4 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/biocentrism/1/