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A first confirmed record of the Indian Crested Porcupine Hystrix indica (Mammalia: Rodentia: Hystricidae) in the United Arab Emirates

Chreiki, M. K.; Steer, M. D.; Majeed, S. U.; Kakembo, S; Ross, S.

Authors

M. K. Chreiki

Mark Steer Mark.Steer@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology

S. U. Majeed

S Kakembo

S. Ross



Abstract

We report the first records of the Indian Crested Porcupine (Hystrix indica; Kerr, 1792) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), approximately 600km beyond its known range in Arabia. Images of H. indica were taken by camera traps at two locations in Wadi Wurayah National Park (WWNP), Fujairah, in three separate events in 2015 and 2016. Long-term occupancy of porcupines was confirmed via social surveys conducted in four villages bordering WWNP. These findings represent a previously unrecorded and most likely isolated subpopulation of H. indica. Further study is warranted to assess the genetic and demographic resilience of the population.

Citation

Chreiki, M. K., Steer, M. D., Majeed, S. U., Kakembo, S., & Ross, S. (2018). A first confirmed record of the Indian Crested Porcupine Hystrix indica (Mammalia: Rodentia: Hystricidae) in the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10(7), 11928-11933. https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.4093.10.7.11928-11933

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 5, 2018
Publication Date Jun 26, 2018
Journal Journal of Threatened Taxa
Print ISSN 0974-7907
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 7
Pages 11928-11933
DOI https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.4093.10.7.11928-11933
Keywords camera trapping, conservation, Indian Crested Porcupine,
Rodentia, United Arab Emirates
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/865948
Publisher URL http://doi.org/10.11609/jott.4093.10.7.11928-11933

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