Check List 13(2): e19689, doi: 10.15560/13.2.2087
First records of Ocelot Leopardus pardalis (Linnaeus, 1758) (Carnivora: Felidae) from Rio Grande do Norte, northeastern Brazil
expand article infoPaulo Henrique Marinho, José Anderson Feijó, Simone Almeida Gavilan, Edweslley Otaviano de Moura, Eduardo Martins Venticinque
‡ Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
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We documented the first reports of Ocelot, Leopardus pardalis (Linnaeus, 1758), in the Rio Grande do Norte state, northeastern Brazil. In December 2014, one adult male was road-killed in an Atlantic Forest remnant in São Gonçalo do Amarante municipality. Another three animals were killed by hunters in the Caatinga between 2012 and 2014, in the municipalities of Lajes and Santana do Matos. These records provide important information about the occurrence and distribution and conservation of this mesocarnivore in northeastern South America.
Pernambuco Endemism Center; Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests; felids; mesocarnivores