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Revista mexicana de biodiversidad

On-line version ISSN 2007-8706Print version ISSN 1870-3453


BOTELLO, Francisco et al. Noteworthy records of Central American tapir (Tapirus bairdii) in the Sierra Mixe, Oaxaca, Mexico. Rev. Mex. Biodiv. [online]. 2014, vol.85, n.3, pp.995-999. ISSN 2007-8706.

The Central American tapir (Tapirus bairdii), is the largest mammalian species of neotropical affinity known today. It plays a very important role in tropical forest ecology in terms of herbivory, predation and seed dispersal. However, due to habitat loss and hunting pressure, the species is endangered. Using camera-traps and with the informed participation of the people from the locality, we documented the presence of several individuals of this species in Totontepec, Villa de Morelos, Sierra Mixe, Oaxaca. Evidence suggests the existence of a breeding population and confirms earlier work that suggested its presence in the area.

Keywords : Sierra Madre de Oaxaca; conservation; camera-traps; participatory monitoring.

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