Update on the range of Leopard cats (Prionailurus bengalensis) in Korea

CatNews 72 with our figure on the cover (Prionailurus bengalensis euptilrurus)

New collaborative paper with Kim Kyungmin from the National Institute of Ecology and Prof. Jang Yikweon from Ehwa Woman’s University. This is a landmark for the lab as it is the first mammal publication, but also, our figure made it to the journal cover! Congratulation Kyungmin for the pretty picture!

Whichever the species, knowing the exact distribution of wildlife is important for conservation planning of species. Exact ranges are usually difficult to determine, and it is important to address the lack of information present in the literature when we come across it, especially in public databases. This is especially true for species under threat as knowing where they occur is a pre-requisite step for the establishment of protected species.

The leopard cat Prionailurus bengalensis euptilrurus is the last felid species extant in the Republic of Korea, where it is listed as Vulnerable. Here, we present data supporting the current distribution of the leopard cat in the Republic of Korea, with a focus on the western lowlands. Based on this information, we call for an update of the species’ range on the IUCN Red List. In addition, we suggest an update to the range of the species in Jeju island, where the species is now regionally extinct.

Distribution of Leopard cats in the Republic of Korea. Figure extracted from CatNews 72.

I can send the PDF upon request.

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