Smooth-Coated Otter Sighted for First Time in Krishna Sanctuary- Important (Download PDF)

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Smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) was sighted for the first time in the mangrove forest near the Krishna wildlife sanctuary (KWS) in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh. The presence of otter is a key indicator to the increase of the mangrove cover in KWS.

Image of Smooth-Coated Otter

Image of Smooth-Coated Otter

Image of Smooth-Coated Otter

  • 7 otters were sighted in the mangrove forests and brackish water channels of Eelachetladibba and Lankevennedibba and other areas outside the Krishna wildlife sanctuary.

About Smooth- Coated Otter

  • Smooth-coated is known as Lutrogale perspicillata is the only surviving representative of the genus Lutrogale.
  • Carnivorous mammal.
  • Hair is smoother and shorter than that of other spicies.
  • Present throughout South Asia and South East Asia.
  • Male is polygamous mating with up to the four females
  • Otters are social and hunt in groups.
  • Otter lives in lakes, rivers, peat swamp forests, mangroves and estuaries near a source of fresh water.
  • In International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red data book Otter has been categorised ‘vulnerable’.

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Krishna sanctuary, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh

Location of Krishna wildlife sanctuary

Location of Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary

Location of Krishna wildlife sanctuary

- Published/Last Modified on: September 6, 2017

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