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The distribution of faeces by the Spanish lynx (Felis pardina)
Article first published online: 23 MAR 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 216, Issue 4, pages 577–582, December 1988
How to Cite
ROBINSON, I. H. and DELIBES, M. (1988), The distribution of faeces by the Spanish lynx (Felis pardina). Journal of Zoology, 216: 577–582. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1988.tb02453.x
- Issue published online: 23 MAR 2009
- Article first published online: 23 MAR 2009
The distribution of faeces of the Spanish lynx was observed in the Biological Reserve of Dofiana during October 1985. Faeces were non-randomly distributed on tracks through the vegetation, and occurred more frequently than expected beside intersections of deer trails with the tracks.
A computer simulation showed that a randomly moving lynx was more likely to encounter faeces when they occurred at intersection points than when they occurred randomly on tracks.
I.R. would like to thank Dr J. Castroviejo for permission to work in the Biological Reserve of Dofiana. Thanks are also due to R. Laffitte for help in the field, and to A. Blom for discussions about the work. Dr M. L. Gorman provided useful comments on earlier drafts of this manuscript, as did Dr G. J. Pierce who also gave advice about the computer simulations. The investigation was supported by a grant to I.R. from the Mammal Society and the University of Aberdeen's Skene and Cran bequest funds, and by project No. 944 of CSIC-CAICYT (Spain).