A study on diversity of mammalian species using camera traps and associated vegetation in Mizoram University Campus, Aizawl, Mizoram

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J.H. Zothanpuii
Sushanto Gouda
Abinash Parida
G.S. Solanki


Fragmented forests often have conservation value, serving as a refuge or corridors for small mammalian species.  In the study, the diversity of mammals was studied within Mizoram University (MZU) campus.  Forty-eight plant species from 25 families were recorded on different sites.  Thirty quadrates were nested at the locations of occurrence of mammalian species for vegetation type analysis.  Schima wallichi was the most dominant plant species with the highest IVI values of (31.7%), followed by Aporosa octandra (22.93%) and Castanopsis tribuloide (21.17%).  Camera trap method was used to collect information about the mammalian diversity in the campus.  The mammalian species recorded in this study makes 15% of mammalian fauna of the state of Mizoram.  Twelve mammal species and six bird species were recorded by the camera traps.  With proper awareness among residents of the campus and a planned approach for developmental activities, the findings of our study can make an important extension for the coexistence of mammalian species and long term survivability within MZU campus.

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