Diet and habitat selection of the leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis borneoensis) in an agricultural landscape in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

@article{Rajaratnam2007DietAH,
  title={Diet and habitat selection of the leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis borneoensis) in an agricultural landscape in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo},
  author={Rajanathan Rajaratnam and Melvin E. Sunquist and Lynette Rajaratnam and Laurentius N. Ambu},
  journal={Journal of Tropical Ecology},
  year={2007},
  volume={23},
  pages={209 - 217}
}
Ten leopard cats (Prionailurus bengalensis borneoensis) were captured and radio tracked in an agricultural landscape in Sabah, Malaysia. Seventy-two leopard cat scats were analysed for diet while information on prey distribution and abundance was obtained from a concurrent study on small mammals. Mammals, namely murids, were the major prey with Whitehead's rat (Maxomys whiteheadi) being the principal prey species. Leopard cats significantly preferred the relatively open oil palm habitat over… 
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