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Small-clawed Otter © Lalita Gomez | Monitor

Otters at CITES CoP18: Stronger protection from over-exploitation


By Lalita Gomez, Monitor The Small-clawed Otter Aonyx Cinereus and the Smooth-coated Otter Lutragale perspicillata were uplisted from Appendix II to Appendix I during the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) of the Convention of the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held in Geneva, Switzerland this past week. Hunting for trade …

Janssen and Shepherd – 2019 – Trade in endangered and Critically Endangered Japanese herpetofauna

Abstract: Rare or newly discovered species are attractive targets for poaching as they often command a high value in the international market. Endemic species often have a very restricted range, making them extremely vulnerable to stochastic events and human activities, including poaching. Previous studies have shown that several species endemic to the Nansei Islands in Japan are available in the  …