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Mastozoología neotropical

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SAAVEDRA, Marcelo et al. Confirmation of the Geoffroy´s cat in the Alto Biobío, south-central Chile. Mastozool. neotrop. [online]. 2011, vol.18, n.2, pp. 315-317. ISSN 0327-9383.

Based on a skull and skin of an adult specimen that was dog-hunted in a farm adjacent to the National Reserve Alto Biobío (Chile), we confirmed the presence of Geoffroy's cat (Leopardus geoffroyi) on the Malleco Province, south-central Chile. Previous to our finding the presence of this species had been documented, through a skin, in the locality of Troyo, roughly 55 km south to the reserve. This new record supports a relationship of geographical continuity between the steppe of Argentina and the adjacent area of Alto Biobío in Chile. This zone would act as a biological corridor connecting the two sides of the mountain ranges.

Keywords : Biological corridor; Geoffroy's cat; Malleco Province; Patagonic steppe.

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