The wildcat (Felis silvestris), the pine marten (Martes martes) and the weasel (Mustela nivalis) are key members of the mammalian community in Sicily, actually performing the role of top predators and consequently influencing the trophic chain both in natural and agricultural areas. However, despite their protected status, very little information is available regarding their occurrence and ecology. Here, by verifying published studies, collecting personal observations and analyzing novel field data obtained by camera traps, we update their spatial distribution in Sicily, contributing to a better understanding of their habitat use and suggesting future research to improve our knowledge of these carnivores and to ensure their conservation.

Surdo Salvatore, L.M.T. (2020). Update of the distribution and habitat use of the wildcat, pine marten and weasel in Sicily. In P. Lo Cascio, A. Troia (a cura di), Life on islands. 1. Biodiversity in Sicily and surrounding islands. Studies dedicated to Bruno Massa. Edizioni Danaus, Palermo, 492 pp. (pp. 391-398). Palermo : Edizioni Danaus.

Update of the distribution and habitat use of the wildcat, pine marten and weasel in Sicily

Surdo Salvatore;La Mantia Tommaso;RafaeL da Silveira Bueno;
2020

Abstract

The wildcat (Felis silvestris), the pine marten (Martes martes) and the weasel (Mustela nivalis) are key members of the mammalian community in Sicily, actually performing the role of top predators and consequently influencing the trophic chain both in natural and agricultural areas. However, despite their protected status, very little information is available regarding their occurrence and ecology. Here, by verifying published studies, collecting personal observations and analyzing novel field data obtained by camera traps, we update their spatial distribution in Sicily, contributing to a better understanding of their habitat use and suggesting future research to improve our knowledge of these carnivores and to ensure their conservation.
Surdo Salvatore, L.M.T. (2020). Update of the distribution and habitat use of the wildcat, pine marten and weasel in Sicily. In P. Lo Cascio, A. Troia (a cura di), Life on islands. 1. Biodiversity in Sicily and surrounding islands. Studies dedicated to Bruno Massa. Edizioni Danaus, Palermo, 492 pp. (pp. 391-398). Palermo : Edizioni Danaus.
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