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Does the Fishing Cat Still Fish in Myanmar?


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    Credit: WCS MYANMAR PROGRAM

Newswise — Each year, WCS scientists author or co-author nearly 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3 Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet – in bite sized helpings – of some of this published work.

1. The distribution of the fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) in Myanmar remains poorly known. 
2. Researchers present two recent photographic records that confirm the occurrence of the Fishing Cat in the Ayeyarwady Delta of southern Myanmar. 
3. The photographic records together with other reports and the availability of suitable wetland habitat suggest that the Ayeyarwady Delta is globally important for fishing cat conservation, however, deforestation, driven largely by agriculture, is of concern for the future survival of this species in Myanmar. 

Study and Journal:  "Recent photographic records of Fishing Cat Prionailurus viverrinus (Bennett, 1833) (Carnivora: Felidae) in the Ayeyarwady Delta of Myanmar "   from  Journal of Threatened Taxa 
WCS Co-Author(s):  Naing Lin (Lead) , WCS Myanmar Landscape Coordinator ;  Steven Platt , Associate Conservation Herpetologist, WCS Myanmar Program

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