Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Volume 37.1 (2014) Pages: 69-76

Habitat use pattern and conservation status of smooth–coated otters Lutrogale perspicillata in the Upper Ganges Basin, India

Khan, M. S., Dimri, N. K., Nawad, A., Ilyas, O., Gautam, P.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2014.37.0069

Abstract

Smooth–coated otters inhabit several major river systems in southern Asia, and their environmental requirements link them to food and water security issues as the region is so densely populated by humans. The lack of baseline data on their distribution and ecology is another major constraint that the species is facing in India. The present study was stimulated by the rapid decline in the otter’s population in the country and focuses on estimating the conservation status, habitat use pattern, and associated threats in the upper Ganges River Basin (N India). Our findings contribute towards a better understanding of the complex ecological interactions and the design of effective conservation measures. Coupled with the habitat preferences, the study also provides new locations in the species distribution. This paper highlights the gap areas in the conservation of the species and suggests areas that should be prioritized for management.

Keywords

Otter, Ganges Basin, Conservation status, Habitat use

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Khan, M. S., Dimri, N. K., Nawad, A., Ilyas, O., Gautam, P., 2014. Habitat use pattern and conservation status of smooth–coated otters Lutrogale perspicillata in the Upper Ganges Basin, India. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 37: 69-76, DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2014.37.0069

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Reception date:

28/01/2014

Acceptation date:

29/04/2014

Publication date:

28/06/2014

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