Population density of the Blanford's fox Vulpes cana in Jordan

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Journal Article
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Vertebrate Zoology, 2013, 63 (2), pp. 241 - 245
Issue Date:
2013-01-01
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© 2013 Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung. A survey of the Blanford's fox was established in Jabal Masuda (Southern Jordan), to increase the knowledge of its density. Live-trapping method was used and capture mark-recapture technique was applied. We captured a total of 27 specimens including nine re-captured specimens. Density was determined using two methods: the Bondrup-Nielsen formula which identified 8.5 individuals per km < sup > 2 < /sup > , and the ArcGIS tools which showed values, between 0.177 to 9 individuals per km < sup > 2 < /sup > . This paper is the first to give measured information on the Blanford's fox density in Jordan. As well, it showed that ArcGIS 9.3 Spatial Analyst Extension is an effective tool in establishing information on density in large spatial areas. The information provided could serve as a base for future monitoring of the Blanford's fox's range of occurrence.
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