Evidence for persistence and a major range extension of the smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli; Mustelidae, Carnivora) in Iraq

@article{Omer2012EvidenceFP,
  title={Evidence for persistence and a major range extension of the smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli; Mustelidae, Carnivora) in Iraq},
  author={Sawsan A. Omer and Torsten Wronski and Azzam Alwash and Maha Hussein Elamin and Osama B Mohammed and Hannes Lerp},
  journal={Folia Zoologica},
  year={2012},
  volume={61},
  pages={172 - 176}
}
Abstract. The species IUCN conservation status of smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) is considered ‘Vulnerable’, due to an inferred future population decline caused by habitat loss and sustained exploitation. The status of the Arabian subspecies (L. p. maxwelli) occurring in the Tigris marshes of Iraq and Iran is uncertain due to political problems and limited access to this border region in recent years. With this study we could confirm the persistence of the smooth-coated otter… Expand
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