First Photographic Record of Smooth-Coated Otters (Lutra Perspicillata Geoffroy 1826) in Vellar Estuary, Northeast Coast of Tamil Nadu, India

Utthamapandian, Udhayakumar, Sutaria, Dipani, and Saravanakumar, Ayyappan (2022) First Photographic Record of Smooth-Coated Otters (Lutra Perspicillata Geoffroy 1826) in Vellar Estuary, Northeast Coast of Tamil Nadu, India. International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Species Survival Commission - Otter Specialist Group Bulletin, 39 (1). pp. 16-21.

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Abstract

The presence of the smooth-coated otter (L. perspicillata) in the estuary of River Vellar has been confirmed by sighting and interview surveys. A family of smooth-coated otters was observed in a stream, hunting and eating fish from fishermen’s nets, resting and swimming around during the end of morning low tide. This is the first study that confirms the presence of otters here. The next closest known record is from Pichavaram which is about 6km south of the Vellar estuary. The family in the Vellar estuary consisted of ten otters; they were social, showing parental care. The report suggests the available rich biodiversity of the river which should come under conservation criteria.

Item ID: 76617
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1023-9030
Keywords: Pichavaram, Smooth-coated otters, Tamil Nadu, Vellar estuary
Copyright Information: ©IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group. As an open access journal, the IUCN OSG Bulletin asks authors to accept the Creative Commons BY-NC license, which allows readers to distribute, adapt, or reuse articles for non-commercial purposes, while commercial reuse requires permission.
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2023 06:08
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1805 Marine systems and management > 180504 Marine biodiversity @ 100%
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