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.
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. This otter population is considered by the IUCN to belong to the widespread Eurasian species Lutra lutra.
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