Check List 13(1): e19643, doi: 10.15560/13.1.2041
Record of the Giant Otter, Pteronura brasiliensis (Zimmermann, 1780), (Carnivora: Mustelidae) in a fragmented landscape of Maranhão state, Brazil
expand article infoPaula Ribeiro Prist, Rubem Dornas§, Raphael Hipólito dos Santos|, Leonardo Gabriel Campos Torres|, Estevão Luis Pereira Lima
‡ University of São Paulo, Brazil§ Amplo Engenharia e Gestão de Projetos, Brazil| GuiraGuira Consultoria Ltda, Brazil¶ MQ&L Soluções Empresariais e Ambientais, Brazil
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Three individuals of the endangered Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) were sighted in a small river in the municipality of Buriticupu, Maranhão state, Brazil. Information on the distribution of this species is contradictory, with some authors ignoring while others confirming the presence of this species in this state, but only in the Rebio do Gurupi region. We document the presence of this species in Maranhão state, outside the Rebio do Gurupi area. Our record of P. brasiliensis expands the known regional distribution 290 km eastwards from the closest previously known occurrence.
Amazon; distribution range; endangered species; Buriticupu; Pindaré River; new record