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

Miyabi Nakabayashi
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Published Online: 2016-01-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2015-0009

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.

Keywords: Arctictis binturong; Ficus; frugivory; fruit preference; radio-telemetry

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


Received: 2015-01-14

Accepted: 2015-11-25

Published Online: 2016-01-14

Published in Print: 2017-01-01


Citation Information: Mammalia, Volume 81, Issue 1, Pages 107–110, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2015-0009.

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