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Lutra nippon

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Ordo: Carnivora
Subordo: Caniformia
Familia: Mustelidae
Subfamilia: Lutrinae
Genus: Lutra
Species: Lutra nippon


Lutra nippon Imaizumi & Yoshiyuki, 1989

Type Locality: "Nenokubi Seaside, Shimoda, Nakamura City, Kôchi Prefecture." [Japan]


* Imaizumi, Y.; Yoshiyuki, M. 1989: Taxonomic status of the Japanese otter (Carnivora, Mustelidae), with a description of a new species. Bulletin of the National Science Museum (A), 15: 177-188.
* Lutra nippon on Mammal Species of the World.
Don E. Wilson & DeeAnn M. Reeder (editors). 2005. Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed).
* Lutra nippon Imaizumi and Yoshiyuki, 1989 Report on ITIS

Vernacular names
English: Japanese Otter
Polski: Wydra japońska
Português: Lontra-japonesa

The Japanese Otter, Lutra nippon, is a carnivoran of the family Mustelidae. As the specific name suggests, it was once widespread throughout Japan. Perhaps due to habitat destruction or reduction of its food sources, it is now almost extinct. It is now possibly only present on the island of Shikoku.[2] This otter population is considered by the IUCN to belong to the widespread Eurasian species Lutra lutra.[1]


^ a b Ruiz-Olmo, J., Loy, A., Cianfrani, C., Yoxon, P., Yoxon, G., de Silva, P.K., Roos, A., Bisther, M., Hajkova, P. & Zemanova, B. (2008). Lutra lutra. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 02 September 2009.
^ a b Wilson, Don E.; Reeder, DeeAnn M., eds. (2005), Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed), Johns Hopkins University Press, retrieved 14 August 2009

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