Abstract: Stripe-necked Mongoose Herpestes vitticollis is known only (when this paper was published) from the Western Ghats of southern India and Sri Lanka, while Asian Small-clawed Otter Aonyx cinereus is widespread in tropical Asia. Recent records (2008–2014; direct sightings, camera-traps and [otter only] signs) of both come from the north-central Western Ghats in the states of Maharashtra and Goa, where these species were hitherto poorly documented. Stripe-necked Mongoose observations were restricted to relatively higher elevations (560–1,300 m asl), while Small-clawed Otter was observed from 40 m to 820 m asl. In this area, Stripe-necked Mongoose does not seem at present to be at risk, but Small-clawed Otter appears threatened by dams.
Keywords: camera-trap, clarification of known range, damming, direct observations, Goa, Maharashtra, small carnivore, spraint
Paper on the Small carnivore conservation website
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