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Farias V.,National Autonomous University of Mexico | Tellez O.,National Autonomous University of Mexico | Botello F.,National Autonomous University of Mexico | Hernandez O.,Conservacion Biologica y Desarrollo Social | And 3 more authors.
Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad | Year: 2015

The first records of margay (Leopardus wiedii), bobcat (Lynx rufus), cougar (Puma concolor), and yaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi) in the southern state of Puebla are presented. Field work was achieved by participative monitoring in collaboration with local authorities. A total of 11 stations of digital camera traps were set up that worked from December 18th, 2012 thru February 19th, 2014. With a sampling effort of 2,669 trap-days and with the presence data obtained it was possible to document for the first time the presence of 4 felid species for the region through 3 records of L. wiedii, 26 of L. rufus, 7 of P. concolor, and 4 of P. yagouaroundi. It was also possible to document the presence of one adult female of P. concolor with her 2 kittens. The known distribution ranges of L. wiedii and P. yagouaroundi were enlarged for central México. The identified species coexist in the tropical dry forest of San José Axuxco within the limits of Tehuacán-Cuicatlán biosphere reserve. The locality is potentially prioritary for the conservation of populations of endangered felids in the region. © 2015 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Biología.


Botello F.,National Autonomous University of Mexico | Sanchez-Hernandez J.,Conservacion Biologica y Desarrollo Social | Hernandez O.,Conservacion Biologica y Desarrollo Social | Reyes-Chavez D.,Conservacion Biologica y Desarrollo Social | Sanchez-Cordero V.,National Autonomous University of Mexico
Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad | Year: 2014

The Central American tapir (Tapirus bairdii), is the largest mammalian species of neotropical affinity known today. It plays a very important role in tropical forest ecology in terms of herbivory, predation and seed dispersal. However, due to habitat loss and hunting pressure, the species is endangered. Using camera-traps and with the informed participation of the people from the locality, we documented the presence of several individuals of this species in Totontepec, Villa de Morelos, Sierra Mixe, Oaxaca. Evidence suggests the existence of a breeding population and confirms earlier work that suggested its presence in the area. © 2014, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. All rights reserved.


Botello F.,National Autonomous University of Mexico | Villasenor E.,Conservacion Biologica y Desarrollo Social | Guevara L.,National Autonomous University of Mexico | Mendez A.,Conservacion Biologica y Desarrollo Social | And 6 more authors.
Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad | Year: 2013

As result of a project of participatory monitoring of mammals in the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve (RBTC), the first jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi) and spotted skunk (Spilogale angustifrons) records for the protected area. These records are evidence of the presence of 4 of the 6 cats in the RBTC and the 3 species of skunks that might be expected for its general distribution in the reserve.

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