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Fruit selection of a binturong (Arctictis binturong) by focal animal sampling in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Miyabi Nakabayashi, Abdul Hamid Ahmad and Shiro Kohshima
From the journal Mammalia

Abstract

We investigated fruit selection of a radio-collared female binturong (Arctictis binturong pageli Schwarz, 1911) by focal animal sampling in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. We recorded seven food species from 12 feeding trees over 16 months. The radio-collared binturong fed only ripe fig fruits (Ficus spp., Moraceae), suggesting that her diet largely depended on figs. As the present study was based on only one female individual, more efforts are needed to elucidate the feeding ecology of this cryptic carnivore.


Corresponding author: Miyabi Nakabayashi, Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University, 2-24 Tanaka-Sekiden-cho, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8203, Japan, e-mail:

Acknowledgments

We thank Glen Reynolds, Mike B. Ola, and all friends of The Royal Society for field assistance. We thank the Sabah Biodiversity Centre and Danum Valley Management Committee for their permission to conduct this research. We also thank anonymous reviewers for critical readings. This research was supported by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Core-to-Core Program and Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research to MN (#25-597).

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Received: 2015-1-14
Accepted: 2015-11-25
Published Online: 2016-1-14
Published in Print: 2017-1-1

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