Hairy-nosed otter

Lutra sumatrana

The hairy-nosed otter was thought to be extinct for many years, until it was rediscovered in 1999. In 2010, it was found in Sabah, 100 years after the last confirmed recording in Borneo. Despite the recent rise to fame, it is still the rarest species of otter in the world, and exact numbers are not known. Most likely there are just a few dozens of animals.



photograph from the project area by Junichi Ishigami

The name comes from their unusually hairy nostrils, which are bare in other species. They live in a variety of habitats including flooded forests, marshes, and forest streams, feeding on crabs and other aquatic life. As such, they are under threat from human activities such as fishing, agriculture, and pollution.

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