Use of oligonucleotide fingerprinting and faecal DNA in identifying the distribution of the Chinese tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis Hilzheimer)
Source: Biodiversity and Conservation, Volume 12, Number 8, August 2003 , pp. 1641-1648(8)
Chinese tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis Hilzheimer) was once distributed in the Zhejiang Province, China, but there have not been any tiger sightings in this province since 1985. Fortunately, within the boundaries of the Fengyangshan-baishanzu State Natural Reserve, gamekeepers have found ‘tiger footprints’ and ‘tiger faeces’ many times since 1998. However, these tracks may have been left by the leopard or clouded leopard, which leave similar tracks. The presence of the Chinese tiger in Zhejiang Province was demonstrated using DNA fingerprinting and faecal DNA. The study not only revealed a new habitat for Chinese tigers, Zhejiang Province, but also provided an effective scatology method to identify the distribution of tigers and other wild felines.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: The Key Laboratory of Conservation Genetics and Reproductive Biology for Endangered Wild Animals, Ministry of Education, People's Republic of China; Department of Biology Science, College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hua Jia Chi Campus, 2: Forestry Department of Zhejiang Province, Zhejiang, People's Republic of China 3: Department of Biology Science, College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hua Jia Chi Campus, Kai Xuan Road No. 268, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310029, People's Republic of China 4: Fengyangshan-baishanzu State Natural Reserve, Zhejiang, People's Republic of China
Publication date: August 1, 2003