Camera trapping data indicates temporal niche segregation among mammals in a tropical deciduous forest
Keywords:Anthropogenic interferences, sympatric species, temporal niche, tiger reserve
With the objective of getting a clue of a missing tigress, namely ST5, time-stamped infrared-triggered cameras were placed in selected areas of the Sariska tiger reserve (STR). Although the park management could not get any evidence of the missing tigress, however, the camera-based captured data revealed the presence of 22 species of mammals including the desert cat Felis sylvestris, a species that was not documented earlier in the study area. Analysis of data showed high mammalian diversity during the night in comparison to day hours. The study also demonstrated the impact of anthropogenic interferences in temporal niche segregation among the wild animals in STR.
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