Vaibhav Patel, Prashant Vaghela, Bhargav Parmar and Manish Patel
The presence of the smooth-coated otter (L. perspicillata) in the Dabhoi (Vadodara) North Gujarat has been confirmed by direct sighting and Camera trapping. A family of smooth-coated otters was observed in a stream, hunting and eating fish from fishermen’s nets, resting and swimming around during the end of morning low tide. This is the first study that confirms the presence of otters here. The next closest known record is from Surat district which is about 80 km south of the Study area. The report suggests the available rich biodiversity of the river and agricultural field which should come under conservation criteria.
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