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Volume 80, Issue 2

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Breeding habits of the Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in Potohar Plateau, Pakistan

Tariq Mahmood
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Published Online: 2015-03-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2014-0153

Abstract

The Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) has been recently listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as an endangered species throughout its range, but in Pakistan it is categorized as vulnerable. Very little is known about the breeding habits of this nocturnal and fossorial animal in the wild. The present paper provides information on breeding ecology of its population in Potohar Plateau in Pakistan. A total of 13 specimens were trapped to record breeding condition of the captured animals. Additionally, a questionnaire survey was conducted in the study area to collect breeding data on the species. Our limited data show a male-to-female ratio of 1.6:1. The local population seems to breed once a year, usually from July to October, with a litter size of one to two. The juvenile pangolins were observed during the months of January, April and December.

Keywords: breeding; Indian pangolin; litter size; Pakistan

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About the article

Corresponding author: Tariq Mahmood, Department of Wildlife Management, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi 46300, Pakistan, e-mail:


Received: 2014-10-16

Accepted: 2015-01-23

Published Online: 2015-03-04

Published in Print: 2016-03-01


Citation Information: Mammalia, Volume 80, Issue 2, Pages 231–234, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2014-0153.

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