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    • Keywords

       

      dhole-specific primers; molecular sexing; canid conservation; dhole distribution; demography; large carnivore; faecal DNA

    • Abstract

       

      Asiatic wild dog (Cuon alpinus) or dhole is an endangered canid with fragmented distribution in South, East and Southeast Asia. The remaining populations of this species face severe conservation challenges from anthropogenic interventions, but only limited information is available at population and demography levels. Here, we describe the novel molecular approaches for unambiguous species and sex identification from noninvasively collected dhole samples. We successfully tested these assays on 130 field-collected dhole faecal samples from the Vidarbha part of central Indian tiger landscape that resulted in 97 and 77% successrates in species and sex identification, respectively. These accurate, fast and cheap molecular approaches prove the efficacy of such methods in gathering ecological data from this elusive, endangered canid and show their application in generating population level information from noninvasive samples.

    • Author Affiliations

       

      SHRUSHTI MODI1 SAMRAT MONDOL1 PALLAVI GHASKADBI1 ZEHIDUL HUSSAIN1 PARAG NIGAM1 BILAL HABIB1

      1. Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun 248 001, India
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  • Journal of Genetics | News

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