Large- and medium-sized mammal survey using camera traps in the sikre river in the Río Plátano biosphere reserve, Honduras

David J. Gonthier, Franklin E. Castañeda

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Abstract

Large mammals are elusive, often nocturnal, and therefore difficult to study. In many parks, reserves, agriculture lands, and other human-dominated landscapes, mammalian abundance is unknown despite their importance to ecosystems. The Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve of eastern Honduras has been the site of much research, but many rivers within the reserve have not been surveyed for mammalian diversity. In this study we used camera traps to survey an area of 70 km2 along the Sikre River for mammals in both broad-leaf forest and pine savanna. 2,040 trap-nights yielded 116 captures in total. Fourteen mammal, three bird, and one reptile species were photographed in the broad-leaf forest, while none of the four camera stations in the pine savanna captured animals on film. The tapir (Tapirus bairdii) was the most frequently captured species. We also captured four photographs of at least two individuals of the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), a species considered the most threatened mammal in Central America. Of the felids, Puma concolor and Leopardus pardalis were each captured on five photographs each, while Panthera onca was only captured once during a preliminary pilot survey in 2007. The results suggest the study site hosts a species richness of large- and medium-sized mammals that is comparable to other sites in Central and South America.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-591
Number of pages8
JournalTropical Conservation Science
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013

Keywords

  • Conservation
  • Giant anteater
  • Honduras
  • La moskitia
  • Leopardus
  • Myrmecophaga tridactyla
  • Panthera
  • Puma
  • Río plátano
  • Tapirus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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