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Short Communication

First records in Tanzania of the Vulnerable Jackson's mongoose Bdeogale jacksoni (Herpestidae)


Daniela W. De Luca a1c1 and Francesco Rovero a2
a1 Wildlife Conservation Society, PO Box 1475, Mbeya, Tanzania
a2 Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali, Via Calepina 14, I-38100 Trento, Italy

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de luca dw   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
rovero f   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 

Abstract

New records in Tanzania of the Vulnerable Jackson's mongoose Bdeogale jacksoni expand its distribution by over 900 km to the south. During two independent camera-trap surveys over 3 years B. jacksoni, one of Africa's most cryptic small carnivores and previously thought to be endemic to Kenya, was recorded in forests of the Udzungwa Mountains. All records were highly localized within Matundu forest, at a maximum of 2.65 km apart. Most of the records (73%) were between 19.00 and 00.00, confirming that the species is primarily nocturnal. Conservation recommendations include further ecological research, genetic analyses, surveys in other Eastern Arc and ground-water dependent forests, and greater protection for Matundu.

(Published Online January 5 2007)
(Received November 18 2005)
(Revised January 17 2006)
(Accepted March 30 2006)


Key Words: Bdeogale jacksoni; conservation status; distribution; Jackson's mongoose; Herpestidae; Kenya; Tanzania.

Correspondence:
c1 Correspondence: Wildlife Conservation Society, PO Box 1475, Mbeya, Tanzania. E-mail ddeluca@wcs.org


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