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IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group Bulletin
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Volume 15 Issue 2 Pages 68 - 127 (October 1998)


The Distribution and Status of the Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) in Asia - a Preliminary Review
Pages 10 - 18 (Article)
Jim Conroy, Roland Melisch and Paul Chanin
At the VIIth IOC, there was concern over the increasing number of reintroduction projects not following IUCN guidelines. All members of the OSG are asked to contribute to the discussion. This article refers to my experience with the Eurasian Otter, Lutra lutra. The guidelines, and the current situation of this species are discussed, concluding that in Europe, reintroductions do not fulfill IUCN guidelines. Otters are recovering naturally as the environment is cleaned up - we need to wait patiently for years if necessary. However, for this to happen, it is vital that areas where otter populations are strong should be protected, and money is better spent on this than on artificial reintroductions.
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Otter Records and Otter Conservation Perspectives in Andhra Pradesh, India
Pages 31 - 37 (Article)
Vangala Nagulu, Vaidyula Vasudeva Rao, Deeti Satyanarayana and Chelmala Srinivasulu
The distribution and status of smooth-coated otter (Lutra perspicillata) in Andhra Pradesh, India was assessed. A total of 74 sites in mangrove and estuarine habitats, estuarine habitats, riverine habitats, and along tanks and reservoirs were surveyed for the presence of otters. Thirty-five (47.3%) sites were otter positive, of which maximum sites were along tanks and in riverine habitats. Broad based conservation measures are proposed for long term sustainance of smooth coated-otters in the state.
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The Smooth-Coated Otter Lutrogale perspicillata in Vietnam
Pages 38 - 44 (Article)
Will Duckworth and Le Xuan Canh
The smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) has been recorded in Dak Lak, a Vietnamese province and the status of otter species in Vietnam is discussed
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Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) Still Present in Hong Kong
Pages 45 - 47 (Article)
Roland Melisch, Lew Young and Yvonne Sadovy
The Eurasian otter Lutra lutra still occurs in low numbers in Hong Kong's Mai Po Nature Reserve. The status of the Asian small-clawed otter Aonyx cinerea remains doubtful.
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A Preliminary Survey on the Status of Otters in Uruguay
Pages 48 - 55 (Article)
Alvaro Soutulllo, Ramiro Pereira Garbera and Enrique M. Gonzalez
New data on the distribution of the Neotropical river otter (Lontra longicaudis) as well as new records of the giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) in Uruguay are provided. The information presented was gathered from otter sighting surveys completed by Uruguayan researchers, wildlife technicians and environmentalists. New localities for both species, comments on the behaviour and data about the habitats used by the Neotropical river otter were obtained. The information about distribution was completed by an examination of records from zoological collections and literature. This survey confirms that the Neotropical river otter is at least fairly common in Uruguay. The conservation status of the giant otter is uncertain. Although considered extirpated for many years, a recent sighting of two individuals has been reported. This information has to be confirmed.
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