Stakeholder Perceptions of Potential Flagship Species for the Sacred Groves of the North Western Ghats, India

  title={Stakeholder Perceptions of Potential Flagship Species for the Sacred Groves of the North Western Ghats, India},
  author={Yasuo Takahashi and Diogo Ver{\'i}ssimo and D. C. Macmillan and Archana J. Godbole},
  journal={Human Dimensions of Wildlife},
  pages={257 - 269}
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