Predicted distribution of the marbled cat Pardofelis marmorata (Mammalia: Carnivora: Felidae) on Borneo

Rustam, Andrew J. Hearn, Joanna Ross, Raymond Alfred, Hiromitsu Samejima, Matt Heydon, Susan M. Cheyne, Jedediah F. Brodie, Anthony J. Giordano, Henry Bernard, Ramesh Boonratana, Brent Loken, Azlan Mohamed, Mohd Azlan Jayasilan, Dave M. Augeri, James Eaton, Jason Hon, Andrew J. Marshall, John Mathai, Gono SemiadiDavid W. Macdonald, Christine Breitenmoser-Würsten, Stephanie Kramer-Schadt, Andreas Wilting

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Abstract

Little is known about the ecology of the rare marbled cat Pardofelis marmorata on Borneo. In addition, the little information that is available on the species often comes from incidental sightings. Here we use the MaxEnt algorithm to produce a habitat suitability map for this species based on a compilation of existing data. We collected 105 marbled cat occurrence records for Borneo, of which 27 (Balanced Model) or 69 (Spatial Filtering Model) were used to estimate potential habitat suitability. The resulting relative habitat suitability map showed key conservation areas in Borneo. According to these results it appears that the most suitable habitats for marbled cat are lowland forests, but these forests are most threatened by deforestation and other anthropogenic activities. It is imperative to develop appropriate conservation strategies for the marbled cat on Borneo, including long-term research and monitoring, reduction of human disturbances in lowland forests, increased data-sharing and research networking, and stakeholder involvement for conservation planning and activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-164
Number of pages8
JournalRaffles Bulletin of Zoology
Volume2016
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Borneo Carnivore Symposium
  • Brunei
  • Conservation priorities
  • Habitat suitability index
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Species distribution modelling
  • Survey gaps

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