- Hairy-nosed Otter
name = Hairy-nosed Otter
status = DD
status_system = iucn3.1
status_ref = IUCN2007|assessors=Hussain|year=2004|id=12421|title=Lutra sumatrana|downloaded=06 May 2008 Database entry includes justification for why this species is listed as data deficient]
trend = unknown
image_width = 250px
genus = "
species = "L. sumatrana"
binomial = "Lutra sumatrana"
The hairy-nosed otter ("Lutra sumatrana") is one of the rarest
otterspecies on earth, and was thought to be extinct in 1998 as there had been no sightings for many years, but a tiny number of populations have been rediscovered since then.
At present, it is believed to live mainly in two nature reserves in
Vietnam, [U Minh Hai and Vo Doi: [http://www.iucnosg.org/Bulletin/Volume18/Nguyen_et_al_2001.html Nguyen, X.D., Pham, T.A. & Le, H.T. (2001) New Information about the Hairy-Nosed Otter ("Lutra sumatrana") in Vietnam. IUCN Otter Spec. Group Bull. 18(2): 64 - 75] ] Toa Daeng peat swamp forest in southern Thailand, [ [http://www.iucnosg.org/Bulletin/Volume18/Kanchanasaka_2001.html Kanchanasaka, B. K.(2001) Tracks and Other Signs of the Hairy-Nosed Otter ("Lutra sumatrana"). IUCN Otter Spec. Group Bull. 18(2): 57 - 63] , and Lekakul, B., McNeely, J. 1977. Mammals of Thailand. Kurusaphra Press, Laprao, Thailand] and in Sumatra, the place for which it was named. It was rediscovered in 2005. [ [http://www.iucnosg.org/Bulletin/Volume22/Lubis_2005.html Lubis, R. (2005) First Recent Record of Hairy-Nosed Otter in Sumatra, Indonesia. IUCN Otter Spec. Group Bull. 18(1): 14 - 20] ] It was also rediscovered in Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. [Poole, C. M., 2003. The first records of Hairy-nosed Otter "Lutra sumatrana" from Cambodia with notes on the national status of three other otter species. Nat. Hist. Bull. Siam Soc. 51(2): 273–280] Even from these places, they are known from a tiny number of sightings and some roadkill, and from skins.
The most recent record of the species was on September 2008 in
U Minh Ha National Parkin southern Vietnamwhen researchers said they have found two hairy-nosed otters. [ [http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/080918/world/vietnam_environment_animal Rare otter species 'found in Vietnam'] Thu Sep 18 2008]
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