Natural History Notes on Interactions and Abnormal Coloration in Carnivores in the Araucaria Forest, Southern Brazil

Izar Aximoff*, Marcelo Hübel, Antônio Carlos de Freitas, Clarissa Rosa, Anthony Caravaggi

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    Abstract

    Carnivores typically exhibit cryptic behavior, which makes it difficult to study the ecology of species in this group. Camera trap bycatch can be a valuable source of important opportunistic records. In this short communication, we present rare records of carnivores in southern Brazil. The first record was of a tayra (Mustelidae) with anomalous coloration known as leucism. Other records were of a possible attempted predation event by two free-ranging dogs on lowland tapir (Perissodactyla, Tapiridae), a threatened species. Our remaining notable records consisted of intra and interspecific interactions of endangered felids (puma, ocelot and southern tiger cat).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)862-870
    Number of pages9
    JournalOecologia Australis
    Volume25
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2021

    Keywords

    • Camera trap
    • Hunting
    • Leucism
    • Mammals
    • Protected Area

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