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Qashqaei A.T.,Plan for the Land Society | Ahmadzadeh F.,Shahid Beheshti University
Russian Journal of Herpetology | Year: 2015

We collected 25 fecal pellets of yellow-headed agama, Laudakia nupta fusca (Blanford, 1876) for analysis in laboratory from Keshar Protected Area and Homag Protected Area in South Iran. We estimated frequency of occurrence (FO%), dry volume (V%) and importance value (IV%) of each food item. Finally, we identified 9 food items (6 animal items and 3 plant items) in fecal pellets from 7 categories (orders). The most important food items in fecal pellets were Daphne oleoides, beetles and ants. According to this data, yellow-headed agama is omnivorous species. © 2015 Folium Publishing Company.

Khalatbari L.,University of Porto | Heidari F.,Independent Wildlife Photographer | Turk Qashqaei A.,Plan for the Land Society | Faizolahi K.,Mohitban Society
Zoology in the Middle East | Year: 2015

The occurrence of the Corsac Fox, Vulpes corsac, is replete with ambiguity and uncertainty in the literature. We present the first confirmed record of the species from Iran. In the course of a survey, we found two Corsac Fox furs in Tehran Market in 2013 and separately recorded one adult and a group of three young in semi-arid steppes in central Turkmen Sahra, Golestan Province, in June 2014. Great Gerbil (Rhomobomys opimus), Libyan Jird (Meriones libycus), and Long-eared Hedgehog (Hemiechinus auritus) are among prey items. The Corsac Fox has a limited range in Iran and is threatened by habitat fragmentation and road kill. © 2015 Taylor & Francis.

Ghoddousi A.,Plan for the Land Society | Kh. Hamidi A.,Plan for the Land Society | Ghadirian T.,Plan for the Land Society | Ashayeri D.,Plan for the Land Society | Khorozyan I.,Zoological Institute
ORYX | Year: 2010

We describe the use of camera-trapping with capture-recapture, occupancy and visitation rate modelling to study the size, demographic structure and distribution of the Persian leopard Panthera pardus saxicolor in Bamu National Park, southern Iran. A total sampling effort of 1,012 trap-nights yielded photo-captures of four adults, two subadult individuals and a cub over 21 sampling occasions. The leopard population size estimated by the M(h) model and jackknife estimator was 6.00 SE 0.24 individuals. This gives a density of 1.87 SE 0.07 leopards per 100 km2. Detection probability was constant and low and, as a result, estimated occupancy rate was significantly higher than that predicted from photographic capture sites alone. Occupancy was 56% of the protected area and visitation rates were 0.01-0.05 visits per day. The most imminent threats to leopards in Bamu are poaching and habitat fragmentation. © 2010 Fauna & Flora International.

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