Mammals

Mammals

The mammals of Muthurajawela consist of 22 species (1 endemic) belonging to 14 families, representing approximately 25% of the island’s mammalian fauna. Among them,
4 species are nationally threatened. The murids (rats and mice) were the most common types. The Slender Loris (Loris tardigradus) is an extremely rare primate at Muthurajawela, and it is considered globally threatened. The marsh is also an important refuge for the carnivorous Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus). Apart from these mammals that were identified, a few other species of insectivorous bats (micro-chiroptera) and shrews were frequently observed, but these evaded capture and hence could not be identified.

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Date

23 January 2015

Categories

Flora & Fauna

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