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Geographic variation in jungle cat Felis chaus Schreber, 1777) (Mammalia, Carnivora, Felidae) body size: is competition responsible?

Mukherjee, Shomita; Groves, Colin

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There is a striking difference in body size of jungle cats (Felis chaus) in the west and the east of their distribution, with Israeli cats being 43% heavier than Indian cats. We tested the hypothesis that increasing competition from other small felids towards the east is responsible for the difference in body size. We measured jungle cat skulls for eight cranial and dental variables and related these to independent variables such as species richness (local and regional), latitude, longitude,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/27933
Source: Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2007.00838.x

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