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IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group Bulletin

©IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group

Volume 34 Issue 2 (October 2017)


The Second Recent Record of Hairy-Nosed Otter (Lutra sumatrana) in Sabah, Malaysia
Pages 67 - 72 (Report)
Junichi Ishigami, Laurentius Nayan Ambu, Augustine Tuuga and Toshinori Tsubouchi

A Hairy-nosed Otter (Lutra sumatrana) was sighted and photographed in an area near the village of Dagat, Lower Segama, Sabah, Malaysia, on 16th April 2016. Available literature on L. sumatrana suggested that this is the second recent record in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. There are 12 confirmed specimen records collected from the island of Borneo. In the Sabah state, there are two specimen records which are from Mengalong River in 1876 and from Sandakan in 1880. All of recent specimen records from the island of Borneo are collected from Brunei Darussalam. In the Sabah state, the first recent record was in Deramakot Forest Reserve in 2010, camera trapped by the carnivores study spearheaded by the Sabah Wildlife Department. The Deramakot Forest Reserve is about 130km away from the present locality record. Due to the paucity of data on the species’s population status and its conservation status, it is highly suggested and timely that a state-wide survey of this species be undertaken in order to understand its population status, density and distribution in Sabah.<
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