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The first documented record of hairy–nosed otter (lutra Sumatrana) in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Sabah, Malaysia

Wai, Leona, Burger, Richard and Goossens, Benoit 2021. The first documented record of hairy–nosed otter (lutra Sumatrana) in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Sabah, Malaysia. IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group Bulletin 38 (2) , pp. 62-69.

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Abstract

: On 7th March 2020, L. sumatrana was sighted and video recorded in an oil palm plantation within the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary (LKWS). This was the first documented sighting of L. sumatrana within the LKWS, which suggests that this endangered otter species still persists within the degraded landscape. In addition, on the 8 th September 2020, a roadkill of a hairy-nosed otter was found at a village about 30 km from the location of the first recorded sighting of hairy-nosed otter. Based on this finding, the LKWS acts as an essential wildlife corridor for endangered species such as L. sumatrana, which connects forest reserves such as Deramakot Forest Reserve and Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Very little is known about this rare species in Sabah due to a lack of scientific research. Therefore, targeted research on L. sumatrana is urgently needed to identify important otter habitat and establish a species management plan in Sabah.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 January 2022
Date of Acceptance: 18 August 2020
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2022 02:30
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/146699

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