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Academic & Professional Books  Mammals  Insectivores to Ungulates  Carnivores  Weasels, Badgers, Otters & other Mustelids

La Loutre d'Europe [The European Otter]

Monograph New
By: René Rosoux(Author), Charles Lemarchand(Author), Nicole Duplaix(Foreword By), Jean-Claude Lefeuvre(Preface By)
352 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour tables
Publisher: BIOTOPE
La Loutre d'Europe [The European Otter]
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Language: French

This monograph on the otter deserves a place in every naturalist library: not only are the two authors recognized specialists on this species, they also deliver here an incomparable sum of knowledge, and managed to gather a complete iconography, illustrating all the life traits of this species.

The book presents the natural history of the otter: phylogeny, systematics, biogeography, distribution, history, biology, ethology and ecology, protection, conservation, and place in traditions and customs. Data sheets reveal tracks and traces to be found along water courses. The authors present results from their studies on the causes of mortality, and the diet of the otter in the main watersheds of France.

The relationship between the otter and the man has long been difficult: chased for its fur, the species was then persecuted by the fishermen who tried to eradicate it. The pollution of waterways in the twentieth century nearly marked its disappearance in the 1970s. Since the introduction of protective measures in the early 1980s, the otter has recolonized two-thirds of France. The measures taken towards its preservation, such as the construction of wildlife crossings to reduce road collisions or the reduction of watercourse pollution, should alleviate the situation of this species.

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Cette monographie sur la loutre trouvera sa place dans toutes les bibliothèques naturalistes : non seulement, les deux auteurs, spécialistes reconnus de l’espèce nous délivre une somme de connaissance sans pareil, mais ils ont réussi un pari : réunir une iconographie complète, illustrant tous les traits de vie de cette espèce portant très discrète.

L’ouvrage présente l’histoire naturelle de l’espèce : phylogénèse, systématique, biogéographie, répartition, histoire, biologie, éthologie et écologie, protection, conservation, place dans les traditions et coutumes… fiches techniques pour reconnaître les indices en bordure de cours d’eau. Les auteurs présentent des résultats issus de leurs études des causes de mortalité, et du régime alimentaire de la Loutre dans les principaux bassins versants de France.

Les relations entre la Loutre et l’homme ont longtemps été difficiles : pourchassée par sa fourrure, l’espèce a ensuite été persécutée par les pêcheurs qui ont tenté de l’éradiquer. La pollution des cours d’eau au XXème siècle a failli signer sa disparition au tourant les années 1970. Depuis l’instauration de mesures de protection au début des années 1980, la Loutre a recolonisé les deux tiers de la France. Les mesures engagées pour sa préservation comme l’aménagement de passages à faune pour réduire les collisions routières ou la réduction de la pollution des cours d’eau permettront de consolider la situation de l’espèce.

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Monograph New
By: René Rosoux(Author), Charles Lemarchand(Author), Nicole Duplaix(Foreword By), Jean-Claude Lefeuvre(Preface By)
352 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour tables
Publisher: BIOTOPE
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