Identification of hairs of some mammalian prey of large cats in Gir Protected Area, India

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N. Dharaiya
V.C. Soni


A system for rapidly identifying hair specimens by its medullary configuration and scale structure was carried out. Cross sections as well as hair imprints and their drawings prepared from microphotographs, taken especially of those species which are the chief prey base of two top carnivore species found in Gir Protected Area i.e. the Asiatic Lion Panthera leo persica and Leopard P. pardus is presented. This facilitates the identification of prey species of the carnivores through their scat analysis.

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