• Smooth-coated otter is distributed throughout India from the Himalayas and to the south in India. After a few dives, the animal caught a fish, brought it to the surface and was seen feeding on it on a rock. Thankfully, the smooth-coated otter and small-clawed otter were listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in … Citation: Sinha, A, Devi, N and Potter, AB (2020). On careful observation using Nikon Monarch 8 X 42 binoculars, we identified the species as an adult Smooth-coated otter (Fig. IUCN Otter Spec. IUCN Status. The only areas in which these animals are today known to be common are Peninsular Malaysia, especially in Kedah, in the western forests and southern marshes of Thailand, and in the Western Ghats of India where it appears to be the most common species of otter. Provide leadership for the conservation of all otter species (Lutrinae). DNA work by Koepfli & Wayne (1998 & 2003) indicated that the Asian small-clawed otter is a sister species to the African clawless and Congo clawless otters. Aonyx is the older name, so the Asian small-clawed otter is now Aonyx cinereus. In Duplaix, N., Savage, M. 2018. The smooth-coated otter that was sighted in mangrove forest in Krishna district.— Photo: By Arrangement. (2013). Group Bull. It is threatened by habitat loss, pollution of wetlands and poaching. Currently, ecological studies are being conducted on a number of species of conservation concern. This is largely due to anthropogenic reasons. They described that they had seen otters occurring in the wetlands in small groups (3-4), but could not confirm the species. Smooth-coated otters are not fussy eaters, and they tend to eat whatever is available where they are. However, the species has become rare in the region, except in the Kaziranga National Park (Choudhury, 2013) where it can still be seen in good numbers. La loutre à pelage lisse (Lutrogale perspicillata) est un mustélidé vulnérable qui est présent dans les zones humides et les zones de basse altitude. The Status of Iraq Smooth-Coated Otter Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli Hayman 1956 and Eurasian Otter Lutra lutra Linnaeus 1758 in Iraq IUCN Otter Spec. Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) : • CITES Appendix I; Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 Schedule II; IUCN status: Near Threatened. The Mammals of Northeast India. The animal was identified on the basis of its size and from its sleek grey-brown coat with paler grey underside (Menon, 2014). Revenez au dessus, Resumen: Avistaje de una Nutria Lisa Lutrogale Perspicillata en el Parque Nacional Manas, Assam, India IUCN Otter Specialist Group Bulletin. 34(3) 2017 Figure 4. Smooth-coated otter and catfish both species enjoy equal protection status in India like the tiger and elephant. (Otter Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. The otter was swimming underwater against a strong current, slowly moving upstream. 1), the species has been reported to occur, but no photographic evidence has been recorded in recent times (Lahkar et al., 2018). Indian Mammals: A field guide. This is believed to be an adaptable species in modified landscapes. (2015). Since this species is known to live and hunt in groups (Hussain and Choudhury, 1997), we scanned carefully for other individuals, but did not find any. NJ, USA 08544, (Received 20th December 2019, accepted 12th January 2020), Keywords: Smooth-coated otter, Photographic evidence, Beki River. IUCN http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-2.RLTS.T12427A21934884.en. With an increase in the number and scale of hydroelectric projects and a rise in wetland reclamation, habitat destruction is a m… The first one is a female, the second a male. In Manas National Park (henceforth Manas), located in the northeastern state of Assam in India (Fig. Although the species' range appears large, distribution is actually very patchy - these are comparitively large carnivores and require a habitat supplying plenty of food. Smooth-coated otter: The smooth-coated otter is an endangered species in the IUCN red list. The smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) is a species of otter, the only extant representative of the genus Lutrogale.The species is found in most of the Indian Subcontinent and eastwards to Southeast Asia, with a disjunct population in Iraq. The smallest of the world’s otters, about 0.9 m long, weighing around 5 kg, this otter lives in extended family groups around a breeding alpha pair. 80: 199-206.Lahkar, D., Ahmed, M.F., Begum, R.H., Das, S.K., Lahkar, B.P., Sarma, H.K., Harihar, A. Nat. The otter’s location was less than half a kilometer from the border with Bhutan. As their name sug­gests, they have un­usu­ally … In northeastern India, it occurs in all the eight states, including the northern part of West Bengal, though the present distribution is patchy (Choudhury, 2013). Group Bull. Smooth-coated otter photographed by Dr. Nilay Desai at Tena lake while bird watching in November 2011 - 150 - IUCN Otter Spec. Cons. Global Threats With a general decreasing population size, smooth-coated otters have been listed as vulnerable (VU) on IUCN's Red List. It is the smallest otter species in the world and a member of the otter subfamily Lutrinae, itself part of the Mustelidae. 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