The plant physical features selected by wildcats as signal posts: an economic approach to fecal marking

@article{Pieiro2012ThePP,
  title={The plant physical features selected by wildcats as signal posts: an economic approach to fecal marking},
  author={Ana Pi{\~n}eiro and Isabel Barja},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2012},
  volume={99},
  pages={801-809}
}
The chemical signals of solitary and territorial felid species are essential for their intraspecific communication. We studied the selection of plant substrates during the fecal marking behavior of the European wildcat Felis silvestris from September 2008 to June 2009 in a protected area in Northwest Spain. The aim of the study was to examine the selection of plants as signal posts with respect to their physical characteristics. We hypothesized that wildcats deposit their fecal marks on plants… 

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