Treetop shelter of a Neotropical River Otter cub (Lontra longicaudis - Carnivora: Mustelidae) in an Amazonian flooded forest

  • dos Santos P
  • Kinupp V
  • Coletto-Silva A
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Abstract

The finding of a Neotropical river otter (Lontra longicaudis) cub occupying a shelter in a hollowed treetop is reported. The observation was made in a seasonally flooded forest in Central Amazonia, during the high water peak of the annual inundation cycle. A literature review indicates that this is the first description of a shelter of the species, both in a hollowed tree and in Amazonia. This observation can indicate a strong relationship between the species’ breeding cycle with the annual dynamics of Amazonian rivers. We discuss potential advantages and disadvantages of breeding when water level is high

Author-supplied keywords

  • abrigo em copa de
  • amazonia
  • em floresta inundável amazônica
  • flooded forest
  • longicaudis - carnivora
  • lontra
  • lontra longicaudis
  • lontra neotropical
  • mustelidae
  • seasonal water level variation
  • shelter use
  • árvore de filhote de

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Authors

  • PM dos Santos

  • VF Kinupp

  • A Coletto-Silva

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