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Comparison of Forest Structure and Use by the Indian Giant Squirrel (Ratufa indica) in Two Riverine Forests of Central India

Aparajita Datta and S. P. Goyal
Biotropica
Vol. 28, No. 3 (Sep., 1996), pp. 394-399
DOI: 10.2307/2389203
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2389203
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Comparison of Forest Structure and Use by the Indian Giant Squirrel (Ratufa indica) in Two Riverine Forests of Central India
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Abstract

Forest structure and the use of feeding and nest trees by Ratufa indica were assessed at a disturbed and an undisturbed riverine habitat in Bori Wildlife Sanctuary, central India. There were differences in the availability of large trees between the sites. However, despite these differences in forest structure, R. indica at both sides showed similar preferences for feeding in trees greater than 150 cm in girth at breast height (GBH) and with heights greater than 15 m. A preference for larger trees was also observed in the use of nest trees. Though the species may be able to adapt to disturbed forests, there is preferential use of tall mature trees and dependence on canopy continuity. The assessment of forest structure is essential in determining habitat suitability for grant squirrel.

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