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’.


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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