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Russian Journal of Ecology

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 256–260 | Cite as

Seasonal habitat use of Chinese goral (Naemorhedus griseus) in a subtropical forest

  • W. Chen
  • Q. G. Wu
  • J. C. Hu
  • X. Lu
  • Z. Q. You
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Abstract

Detailed understanding of habitat associations of endangered species is essential for the development of sound conservation and habitat management plans. We assessed seasonal habitat requirement of a poorly known forest ungulate, Chinese goral Naemorhedus griseus, in Tangjiahe National Reserve, western China from December 2005 to November 2006. Transect surveys were conducted across the elevational range of the mountains to locate the droppings and traces left by the gorals as the indicators of their habitat use. The results showed that the species appeared at the sites with lower slope position and closer to road in winter than those in the two other seasons. At the same time, in summer, Chinese gorals were found at the stands with steep slope degree compared to in spring.

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Naemorhedus griseus habitat season 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Chen
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Q. G. Wu
    • 1
  • J. C. Hu
    • 2
  • X. Lu
    • 3
  • Z. Q. You
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecological Security and Protection Key laboratory of Sichuan ProvinceMianyang Normal UniversityMianyangChina
  2. 2.Institute of Rare Animals and PlantsChina West Normal UniversityNanchongChina
  3. 3.Department of Zoology, College of Life SciencesWuhan UniversityWuhanChina

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