Ant species consumed in diet as prey species by Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in northern Western Ghats of Maharashtra India
Bhau Katdare, Himender Bharti, Nitin Narvekar, Abhishek C Singh
The Indian Pangolin is known as a thick-tailed pangolin distributed across the Indian Subcontinent. Indian pangolin is one of the least studied species in the country and lacks literature data on their diet. Pangolin being insectivorous the major diet of the species consist of ants and termites. In the current study, we investigated ant species in the diet of Indian Pangolin in the Konkan region of Northern Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India. During the field visit to deploy the camera trap, faecal matters of the pangolin collected from two different sites near the resting burrow of the species. The filtration technique was used for the analysis of the faecal sample. The faecal matter of the species contains soil, rocks, plant matters and heads, abdominal, legs of the ant species. Total Seven ant’s species were identified consumed as prey species in diet of the Indian Pangolin in the Konkan region. The data on the diet of Indian pangolin will serve as a baseline for the captive breeding and ex-situ conservation of the species.
Bhau Katdare, Himender Bharti, Nitin Narvekar, Abhishek C Singh. Ant species consumed in diet as prey species by Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in northern Western Ghats of Maharashtra India. International Journal of Zoology Studies, Volume 6, Issue 3, 2021, Pages 36-40